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Five design concepts for teaching laboratory success

Five design concepts for teaching laboratory success

Katelyn Deckert
Best practices and lessons learned from the classroom. Keeping the attention of 30 students is a challenge in any classroom. In a teaching laboratory, each new day can feel like its own unpredictable experiment, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Laboratory instruction and classroom management can be improved when lab layouts and classroom designs are optimized. Consider the following five design concepts for teaching laboratory success.
Innovation Science

Innovation Science

What is innovation science, or rather, what makes our labs capable of supporting innovation? If you look back at history, many of our famous lab inventions came about in non-conventional and even accidental ways.
10 Sustainable Lab Solutions to Implement Today

10 Sustainable Lab Solutions to Implement Today

High-performance buildings often consume massive amounts of energy, and CRB provides our clients with innovative savings solutions for their operational costs. These solutions are great for clients with new projects or renovations on the horizon, but what about clients whose current budgets don’t foresee any new design work? 
Vision Your Lab in One Day

Vision Your Lab in One Day

Laboratory projects can be extremely challenging and require a very thorough analysis. How do we as designers use our knowledge of past projects to work with the client to create their vision? In many cases a high level visioning process can be used in combination with practical approaches to create that vision in a day. 
Effective Design Approaches For Academic Teaching Laboratories

Effective Design Approaches For Academic Teaching Laboratories

Dan Dozer
A Successful Way To Use Charrette Sessions With Academic Science Faculty. The teaching lab environment is one that presents its own unique set of design parameters for the architect/laboratory planner.
Five “No-cost Strategies” for your Lab Project

Five “No-cost Strategies” for your Lab Project

Laboratory owners are constantly challenged to create new research environments with limited budgets and fewer resources. In addition, consideration has to be given to the “triple bottom line” (people, planet and profit), within these strict budgetary constraints. Cost-conscious owners want facilities to meet their vision and business objectives and include flexibility, efficiency, safety and robust utility/engineering systems.
Case Study: Flexible solutions addressing operational needs are key to success in vivarium planning:

Case Study: Flexible solutions addressing operational needs are key to success in vivarium planning:

Kevin Haugh
On a recent CRB project, a research university needed to add a small rodent vivarium to an existing perinatal research center that had previously only worked with larger animals. Once funding was approved and the project team was selected, the team began the planning process by validating the program and the concept.
Start with the Foundation: Successful Design Begins with Strategic Facilities Planning

Start with the Foundation: Successful Design Begins with Strategic Facilities Planning

Rome wasn’t built in a day. Neither was it built without a foundation. Successful building design begins on the ground floor, where operations, growth, capacity and more are considered and weighed to create the detailed facility solution that is appropriately aligned around your key business objectives.  
Getting Analytical on Labs

Getting Analytical on Labs

Brian Peasley
The past few years have yielded some interesting trends in the design and operation of analytical laboratories in the corporate biopharmaceutical marketplace. This article summarizes those trends and some considerations to be mindful of as it relates to the physical environment in which analytical labs operate.
Designing High-Performance Sustainable Labs on a Budget

Designing High-Performance Sustainable Labs on a Budget

Two of the biggest issues faced in the lab design industry are arguably budgets and funding. With a slow resurgence from the recent recession, funding from the NIH and NSF has decreased for lab construction, operation and research. 
Lab Planning Details That Matter

Lab Planning Details That Matter

Many of us have had that “AHA!” moment or said “Why didn’t I think of that?” In a lab, even the smallest of details can have a big impact on efficiency.  A good lab planner will listen to clients and researchers, and design a workspace specific to their needs.
Improving User Experiences & Outcomes through Design Solutions – Part 2

Improving User Experiences & Outcomes through Design Solutions – Part 2

In this two-part series, architect Chris Ertl discusses his experience with focusing a design project on the people who will occupy the space and how those user-based design choices ultimately led to better science.
Improving User Experiences & Outcomes through Design Solutions – Part 1

Improving User Experiences & Outcomes through Design Solutions – Part 1

In this two-part series, architect Chris Ertl discusses his experience with focusing a design project on the people who will occupy the space and how those user-based design choices ultimately led to better science.
Back to the Future: A Retrospective Look Forward At Lab Planning*

Back to the Future: A Retrospective Look Forward At Lab Planning*

Take a look at the picture. Would you believe that this could be the “lab of the future?”