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How much lab space
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Cedar Brook Corporate Center
Every lab space has very different demands, which can have a significant impact on cost, size and final design. Whether you are an established company or a growing
startup, before you can decide where to rent your lab space it is
necessary to try to predict the overall square footage needed.
This can be influenced by cost and also by growth
projections. Do you expect to expand your business? It is
important to think about how your lab may develop and
be used in the coming years. Plan ahead for any foreseeable
additions, upgrades and installations of new equipment.
While you may now only require a small area for conducting
studies, in the future your research may move to another
stage where larger machinery and specialized equipment is
Failing to plan ahead for expansion can be costly.
It can also be useful to look at floor plans of different
facilities to help ascertain how these new facilities can
accommodate you and allow you to run your operations
The following checklist is an overview designed to save
time and money during the planning stages and eventual
leasing of your next lab space, and can prove critical to your
• Try to determine how many scientists and staff there
will be operating out of the location at any given time.
• Work with an architect or team of experts who can help
you to decide what the ultimate use of the space will be—in
line with your budget.
• Take an inventory of your equipment and supplies to
establish the size needed to accommodate it.
• Evaluate how much space you will need to perform the
• Consider the number and type of hoods and whether
multiple hoods can be used in the same room or only in
• Calculate the linear feet of benches—this is determined
by the amount of people, the type and amount of
instrumentation, and research conditions.
• Mechanical requirements need to be evaluated i.e.
compressed air, vacuum, lab gases, DI water, once through or
• Assess the level and size of clean area called for (if any).
• Evaluate the size of your office and support area, how
much storage is required and if you will integrate dock and
drive-in loading facilities.
Once the current and future components of the lab are
better understood it will be easier to estimate the square
footage needed, and then a design can be created.
Jeanne Rothenberg is the Executive Vice President of
Marketing and Leasing for Cedar Brook Corporate Center, a 1. 2
million-sf premier life science complex located in Central New