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medical center—to rapidly adapt to changing
markets, new technologies and developing
research opportunities. Traditionally, lab projects remain underway for years; but increasingly, today’s rapidly evolving business models are
demanding that research organizations change
direction, reconfigure and pursue new lines of
thinking. Labs designed under the universal
grid framework can meet this new demand for
agility and nimbleness through facilities that
can readily accept interchangeable uses.
At CJ Corp.’s R&D facility, Cannon Design
achieved the client’s vision for accelerated innovation through inter-market and inter-process
collaborative cross-pollination with the universal grid approach. This facility has the ability
to easily place and replace basic discovery facilities, collaborative product development labs,
rapid prototyping project labs and multi-modal
pilot plans—all focused on creating and ser-
vicing a continually changing portfolio of food,
pharmaceutical and biotechnology products.
Using the universal grid instead of a traditional lab design affords ease of design and
construction. It results in a lower initial construction cost and reduced energy use, as well
as a cost advantage for future renovations—
nearly every lab is renovated at least once in its
lifetime. Most importantly, the universal grid
affords lab owners a level of business mobility
previously unattainable. Innovative architects
and engineers applying the universal grid concept can provide a value-laden proposition to
owners and operators of lab facilities.
Chip Berry, PE, LEED AP, is principal with
Cannon Design. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark Whiteley, RIBA, is Global Science and
Technology Practice Leader with Cannon Design.
email@example.com. Cannon Design
specializes in R&D facilities across academia,
industry and government worldwide.
Universal grid design offers
lifecycle options for labs
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18-ft floor-to-floor dimension, showing interstitial spaces filled with engineering systems. Image: Cannon Design
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