How to improve lab productivity

How to improve laboratory productivity

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. Here’s a list of the 10 design strategies on how to improve laboratory productivity:

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Four technologies that are changing lab safety

Four technologies that are changing lab safety

Lab technology is constantly in motion. Every industry is under pressure to continually audit their equipment and make decisions about when and how to install the latest solutions—from robotic packaging systems in the food + beverage industry to artificial-intelligence-enabled analytical tools in pharmaceutical research labs.

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Chemistry professor demonstrating use of equipment to two students in a modern teaching laboratory

Five design concepts for teaching laboratory success

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.

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Sustainable site energy solutions: Ten things you can do now for big impact

Sustainable site energy solutions: ten things you can do now for big impact

While alternative energy solutions are not a new thing, their economical payback has improved considerably with increased technological strides and available incentives.

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Common pitfalls to avoid with building a lab

Common pitfalls to avoid with building a lab

Building a lab can be complicated. To stay competitive, it is crucial that companies adapt to market changes. New products and services may mean changes in operations. For companies that have lab spaces, this can be costly. Many companies make decisions based on saving money without planning ahead.

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An Engineer Inside the Classroom: How the Built Environment Influences Engineering Education

An engineer inside the classroom: how the built environment enhances engineering education

As an adjunct engineering professor at a large university, I have had the opportunity to see the impact that the built environment has on my engineering students. Innovative features in a classroom can greatly enhance learning capabilities, whereas poor design (and even poor ventilation) can hinder cognition and learning.

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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.

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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. How can you vision your lab in one day?

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Effective Design Approaches For Academic Teaching Laboratories

Effective design approaches for academic teaching laboratories

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.

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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.

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