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operations is standard. Strategies include incorporating environmentally
responsible practices such as green chemistry, implementing just-in-time
delivery for hazardous materials and reducing the environmental footprint
of a building through energy recovery, electrical sub-metering, air quality
monitoring and demand-driven ventilation strategies.
At the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison Wisconsin Energy Institute,
the team achieved LEED Gold certification by aligning the research
agenda of the institute into its energy solutions. It’s expected to use
53% less energy than similar lab buildings built to code requirements.
Sustainable design strategies include a photovoltaic array on the roof
terrace, a design that provides natural light to 90% of occupied spaces
and extensive use of sustainable and high-efficiency envelope materials.
Features include active chilled beam systems, a heat runaround system,
premium efficiency fan motors, a system that limits unoccupied air
changes in labs to four per hour, reduced plug loads and increased temperature swing set points.
JOURNEY TO THE FUTURE
As these trends reshape the scientific workplace, corporate real estate and
facilities management leaders are seeking research environments that help
their customers deliver more innovative products to the market and make
measurable contributions to the overall strategic organizational objectives. They are evaluating their real-estate assets, including those related to
research, through lenses including facility operations, equipment utilization
rates, user requirements, energy efficiency and return on investment. They
are measuring the efficiency and effectiveness of research environments by
measuring them against their Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
The process for creating the scientific workplace of the future should
begin after an organization has defined its core business goals and
identified a need to optimize and transform its existing research space
or build a new facility. Near-term planning to support the long-term
objectives of the organization will accommodate changes without disrupting ongoing research.
Today’s lab is tomorrow’s scientific workplace of the future. Rather
than creating rigid standards or user metrics, teams of architects,
strategic lab planners and workplace specialists are designing flexible
environments that encourage every combination of collaboration and
knowledge sharing. By creating inspiring scientific workplaces that help
researchers innovate, we can unlock a world of infinite possibilities.
Joseph Ostafi, architect, is a VP and leader with HOK’s Science + Technology group in St. Louis, Mo. Ostafi has 15 years of experience designing research
spaces for science- and technology-focused clients in clean energy, the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, as well as light industrial R&D.
The scientific workplace of the future will blur the lines between labs and offices,
allowing the office to support an organization’s scientific culture in new ways, as
seen in GlaxoSmithKline’s space. Image: Adrian Wilson