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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.
The Scientific Method at Work: Designing Labs for Productivity

The Scientific Method at Work: Designing Labs for Productivity

Dave Miller
Not all labs are created equal. Why do some research facilities produce more patents? Others have greater throughput given the same space and time. Using evidence-based research, designers and lab owners/operators alike can enjoy the benefits of laboratories built to champion productivity.
Don’t reinvent the wheel—refine the heck out of it

Don’t reinvent the wheel—refine the heck out of it

Howard Sneider
I love being presented with a design challenge, but arriving at the final answer can be arduous and time consuming without a path to follow. In the process of taking the steps to the solution, the strategy becomes less daunting, and the method becomes more comfortable. 
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.
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.
Creating a Future Lab within an Aging Infrastructure

Creating a Future Lab within an Aging Infrastructure

Mary Carroll and Scott McNallan and Mike Morris
How do you engage a client in a way that frees his/her mind to the prospects of an open flexible lab design? How do you lead them to see the potential within an old, tired building? Many of our clients, life sciences and otherwise, have antiquated labs in antiquated buildings on campuses that have been built to their limits. 
Designing Flexibility into Small Space Renovations

Designing Flexibility into Small Space Renovations

Brian Peasley
Incorporating flexibility into any space can be challenging. With a variety of concepts, tools and equipment at a designer’s disposal, it is easy to get excited about implementing new technology. Still, every renovation project comes with its own unique set of challenges, and there is never a one-size-fits-all solution to incorporate flexibility into a project. In this blog post, I will answer some common questions about how to execute a successful renovation project with flexibility in mind.
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?”
Biocontainment: Defining The Boundaries

Biocontainment: Defining The Boundaries

Jim Daly and Marc Pelletier
The recent Ebola outbreak has caused increased media focus and attention on biocontainment. For more than three decades, CRB has worked to understand and deliver successful strategies in implementing biocontainment in biomanufacturing—practices that can be applied across research and healthcare settings.
Process Simulation and its Benefits

Process Simulation and its Benefits

Philip Lyman, PhD – Director of Process Simulation at CRB – discusses how a process model, at the right detail level and properly validated, can be an invaluable tool to compare alternatives and justify cost for manufacturing and manufacturing-related processes.