Future-proofing Your Facility: What Happens When the Cure is Found?

Wednesday, September 20, 10:15 - 11:15 AM

Laboratory buildings are expected to last 50 years or longer yet the science they support changes at a faster pace. This presentation will examine how flexibility and current trends in scientific discovery impact building design. The following questions will guide the discussion:

  • When science is no longer required, how does a facility accommodate change?
  • How is the success of a ...

The DNA of Next Generation Lab Design

Wednesday, September 20, 11:30 - 12:30 PM

Speaker(s): Urs Klipfel

This session will present “the DNA of next generation lab design” to show our interdisciplinary, holistic approach and concept deriving from current and future lab typologies, identified key trends and a global knowledge transfer. Therefore we outline, compare and create relations between various aspects of future lab design referring to a longstanding, international best practice and to iconic, innovative lab ...

Incorporating Support for Lean and Operational Excellence in Lab Design

Wednesday, September 20, 3:30 - 4:30 PM

Speaker(s): Thomas Reynolds

The design, layout and placement of laboratories have a significant impact on lab processes, behaviors and communications. A “good” design will proactively support Lean and lab excellence processes including, leveling, flow, visual management, standard work and excellence in workplace organization.  A “bad” design may actually create waste and make flow more difficult. This presentation outlines the key design features that ...

Design Approaches to the Global QC Lab

Wednesday, September 20, 4:45 - 5:45 PM

Speaker(s): Sandro Orlandini

This session will present the procedure to design a Quality Control (QC) Lab--according to the current international regulations—and will discuss different processes and products typology. Lab projects will be presented that underline the points of strength and technical solutions as well as layout choices. The technical solutions for the critical utilities will be described and evaluated.

The presentation will describe ...

Keeping Economics and Safety at the Forefront: Balancing the Economics and Practicalities of Commercial Building Design and Construction

Thursday, September 21, 10:15 - 11:15 AM

In a world where safety is the number one priority of most institutions world-wide, lab planners must deal with the complexities involved in designing and building laboratory facilities—especially where chemical loading and incompatibilities of material or function and people are always of primary concern. Code requirements, guidelines and best practices aren’t enough. They need to meld with an understanding of ...

Flexible, Integrated Research Environments: A Systems Approach

Thursday, September 21, 10:15 - 11:15 AM

In a laboratory, every surface, component or element has a purpose and specified performance criteria that can be met in a variety of ways, but must be achieved for the laboratory to function as a research environment. Laboratories share this characteristic with professional kitchens and surgical suites. These are tools that are devoted to successfully performing specific tasks expediently and ...

Trends in High-Bay Laboratory Space: The Extroverted Lab at the General Electric Global Research Center

Thursday, September 21, 11:30 - 12:30 PM

Focused on the oil and gas sector, the GE Global Research Center (GE GRC) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma was completed in 2016 and is the newest of seven international research centers spread across four continents. The combined 3,000 GE engineers, scientists and researchers allows for leveraging GE’s global intellectual resources in partnership with their clients and academia to solve ...

The New Phenomenon of Laboratory User Engagement Design

Thursday, September 21, 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Through user engagement design, the design and engineering team is more accurately able to understand the work and standard operating procedures that researchers are conducting. This enables us to take a holistic approach to lab design that considers the full spectrum of issues that contribute to an optimized environment for research and results in a 21stt-century lab setting ...

Safety and Sustainability: The Right Balance for the Laboratory Design

Thursday, September 21, 3:30 - 4:30 PM

This presentation will focus on the impact in lab planning projects of the extraction devices and the opportunities to increase safety and protect people working in the laboratory from harmful effects of chemical and/or physical processes that operate within these extraction devices, especially fume cupboards. Energy efficiency has improved dramatically with systematic testing of laboratory fume cupboards for more ...