for people. I was intrigued by this idea.
Fully robotic labs raise some interesting
questions: What does robotics mean for
building shape and size? For chemical
storage and chemical safety? How does
building automation interface with lab
automation? I would love to see a design
competition addressing this challenge. My
intuition is that a fully robotic lab would
look nothing like today’s labs.
We enjoyed the food and hospitality
of Raleigh, N.C., and learning about the
exciting work going on in the Research
Triangle of Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill.
We also experienced major flash flooding
for the second year in a row at Lab Design
Conference. The flooding reminded us of
the increasing urgency of resilience and
disaster preparedness in building design.
Our thoughts are with those who suffered.
With Lab Design Conference behind
us, we’re looking forward to the I2SL
Conference in October in Boston!
Jacob Werner, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is
Director of Sustainable Design/Associate at
Wilson Architects in Boston.
www.wilsonarch.com Josh Meyer of Jacobs delivers the Laboratory Design Conference keynote address. Image: Laboratory Design
Increasing class offerings through renovation
Whether conducting live seminars on dental theory or classroom workshops with hands-on
applications, Spear Education in Scottsdale,
Ariz., is a go-to destination of continuing
dental education for continued learning.
The campus features state-of-the-art
technology and equipment. When
embarking on a facility expansion, they
To accommodate the demand for courses that were quickly outgrowing Spear’s
current classrooms, an extensive transformation of Spear’s existing office space was
envisioned. The complete renovation—
down to the floor and support beams—
would eventually become a new classroom.
The decision to choose Lista came down
to a review of Lista’s portfolio of work and
case studies showcasing ROI-boosting
outcomes. Spear’s clinical supervisor, Scott
Ratcliff, coordinated with Lista Vertical
Market Manager James Anderson.
Since the project was essentially a new
build with a more modern look and more
efficient function, it presented the oppor-
tunity to start fresh from the ground up.
The facility had been previously limited in
size and function by the space available,
so Spear worked with Anderson and Ryan
Wadman of Lista to develop a conceptual
layout based initially on blueprints alone.
“Our initial consultation involved a
survey and layout based on floor specs
and future growth. Based on this information we were able to provide renderings
that gave a realistic visualization of what
the end solution could look like,” said
Wadman. “This was helpful when making
SIMPLE SOLUTION FOR DEMANDING
With increasing patient demand for both
esthetic excellence and predictable long-term results, more dentists are boosting
their skills through hands-on continuing
education. In the high-traffic learning
environment, it is important to simplify the
workflow. Lista’s simplicity was a major selling point for the project. The workstations
are built for durability from high-quality
all-steel construction for durability and
can stand up to the harshest work environments—a critical factor for Spear.
To meet the forecasted demand of the
classroom, the new solution required the
installation of 21 custom-designed workstations with shelving positioned bet ween each.
These workstations offer a comprehensive
collection of options and accessories including the freedom to reconfigure components
to suit different classes and dentists’ needs.
Because their application is so unique,
Spear didn’t want a cookie-cutter solution,
or something overly complicated. Lista’s
custom design, configured to specifications, created a workstation that is entirely
hassle-free for students.
With classes often running from 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m., a comfortable setting was an
important factor in design. Lista applied
ergonomic principles defined as dentists’
“primary reach zones”—horizontal and
vertical areas users can reach with minimal
movement. Work outside of these primary
reach zones was deemed inefficient and
avoided in design.
“In spite of being a custom-built solution, we constantly have dentists ask where
they can get this setup to replicate in their
practice—even down to the chair. Lista’s
seating is comfortable enough to sit in all
day,” said Ratcliff.