cal for collaboration areas to succeed.
Although all researchers work together in the
lab spaces, usually only faculty have private office
space. Students, post-docs and research staff are
usually working in shared offices. These shared
spaces can create problems when researchers
require focused, quiet space to either write up
their experimental results or analyze them.
Understanding that the final result of scientific
work is the published paper and that writing
requires a quiet, focused work area, separate from
the group, is a critical part of lab design today.
DESIGN CRITERIA FOR SUCCESSFUL
To evaluate the collaborative spaces designed
design. Caltech has revisited these buildings
in the past year and asked the question: Are
these collaborative spaces successful? This
article reveals the criteria required to design
successful collaborative spaces and points out
potential design problems.
WHAT CAUSES INNOVATION?
Architects must design spaces for both serendipitous conversations and areas for close
working partnerships. Creating opportunities
through design for scientists to gather, linger and
possibly have a coffee together, will encourage
people to talk to each other. Understanding both
the social culture of the institution and the intellectual framework of the institution will help in
programming and building organization.
HOW DO SCIENTISTS WORK?
Design teams need to carefully understand
how scientists perform their work. Physics
groups work differently from biologists or
chemists; experimentalist’s requirements aren’t
the same as theoreticians. Spending time to
analyze when, where and how the research is
done is critical for the architects to understand.
This information will inform the optimum layout for the non-lab spaces.
The common work product across all scientific disciplines is the published paper. All
researchers stated that writing up their work
requires intense focused work periods that
require spaces with minimum distractions.
Creating clear acoustical separation between
discussion spaces and write-up spaces is criti-
6 WHAT’S NEW ON
19 NEWS NOTES
23 PRODUCT NEWS
25 NEW PROJECTS
INSIDE SEP|OCTV FROM THE EDITORS OF R&D MAGAZINE
The idea of sustainabil-
ity isn’t new. However,
it’s in the approach
that marks state-of-
the-art labs. Upon my
return from the annual
I2SL conference, I left
with a deeper understand-
ing of the importance of sustainability—
from cost to technology—and a syner-
gistic approach to this cause.
However, not only can sustainability
help with costs and maintenance, but it
can also help for future expansion and is
one of the driving forces behind attracting the best scientific minds. Sustainable
design also helps with grant funding,
which is important as opportunities are
The idea of LEED certification or
other sustainable credit programs are
in demand from clients. Many buildings today must at least receive a LEED
Silver status to compete in the world of
S&T for grants and resources.
From high-performance fume hoods
with combination sashes and occupancy sensors to the incorporation of
heat-recovery equipment, the strategies
for HVAC seem endless.
The idea of energy monitoring has
become mainstream in academic S&T
settings. Requests by researchers working in labs to have the ability to monitor
their own energy usage is increasing with
client’s attention on sustainable design.
Researchers want building management
systems (BMS) to calculate the actual
energy usage for each lab. Some labs even
have competitions among students and
faculty regarding energy usage through the
use of BMS technology, challenging those
to keep a sustainable environment.
For more on sustainable design
approaches, our November/December
issue of Laboratory Design Newsletter
will include articles on all aspects of sustainable design and construction.
By Lindsay Hock, Editor
Effective collaboration spaces
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3 Effective collaboration spaces
3 Lab synergistics enhance energy efficiency
12 Optimizing lab design for rapidly
16 You need to move in when?
20 True flexibility furthers science
26 Liquid labs: Designing for collaboration
28 Structuring success in the science and
31 The science of collaboration
Figure 2: Large internal atriums work to form cohesive
groups. Image: Elizabeth Gibb