based science and help organizations optimize
their flexibility investment. Also, by approaching core facilities as a strategic long-term asset,
we can create high-performance centralized
research space that efficiently adapts to an
Randy Kray, AIA, OAA, MAA, is the director
of lab programming and planning for HOK’s
Science + Technology practice, based in Atlanta.
With more than 20 years of experience in the
strategic planning, programming and design of
scientific facilities, he has planned and designed
advanced labs for clients worldwide.
levels of high-performance research space will
serve as adaptable space that will be finished
and fit-out as occupants of the facility and the
advanced tools for research are identified. These
levels are divided into four distinct high-performance zones with vibration performance
ranging from VC-C to NIST-A. Within these
zones, it’s possible to create different combinations of acoustic, electromagnetic interference,
ventilation and shell volume capability. New
technologies will be incorporated into the most
appropriate environments, ensuring the best use
of this core space throughout its life.
Because change is the most predictable characteristic of contemporary scientific research, the
building program of the future can’t be static. Instead, a lab space needs to be capable of performing across a continuum of possible scenarios.
Through research-profiling methodologies,
designers can create effective models for team-implemented combines wet and dry biomedical
and bioengineering bench space with bioinfor-matics in a home base lab approximately twice
the size of the previous models. This larger,
open flexible lab will accommodate a wide
variety of collaborative groups and programs
for research teams as small as four and as large
as 10 (Image 5).
THE BASEMENT IS THE NEW BEACHFRONT
Technology-driven core research space
requires a different approach to planning for
the future. These centralized, shared facilities
are often the most fixed areas of a research
environment. Yet, they must continually adapt
to rapidly changing technology, as well as an
organization’s evolving mission, regulatory
environment and economic priorities.
Preventing this valuable real estate from
becoming obsolete requires the creation of an
adaptable core platform based on a universal
core-and-shell strategy. This foundation will allow the space to shift and grow to suit the long-term strategic research needs of the institution.
The basement has emerged as the new
high-value “beachfront property” for research
facilities. This ground-floor space is low vibration, secure, has unique floor-to-floor height
and includes structural characteristics that
support advanced technologies.
The 277,000-sf William Eckhardt Research
Center, under construction at the Univ. of Chicago, provides the multifaceted core technology
platform that embodies the flexibility aspirations
Image 3: The data based on space requirements for each type of scientific research help identify a targeted range
of flexibility. Image: HOK
Image 6: Finite element analysis to verify the vibration characteristics of the upper basement of the
Univ. of Chicago William Eckhardt Research Center.
Higherst-performance zones are revealed in the blue
araes. Image: Colin Gordon Associates
Image 5: The final design for the Stanford Univ.
School of Medicine 1651 Page Mill Road Renewal
shows the application of the chosen ratio of space
types. Image: HOK
Image 4: Exterior view of Stanford Univ. School of Medicine 1651 Page Mill Road Renewal. Image: HOK
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