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.
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?
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.
The past few years have yielded some interesting trends in analytical lab design and operation in the corporate biopharmaceutical marketplace. This article summarizes those trends and some considerations regarding the physical environment in which analytical labs operate.
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.