Architects that have tracked these costs
can provide very illuminating and insightful benchmarking information. Are costs
running about average or getting off track?
Would this innovation—that might cost a
little more—be worth it or not?
The result? Experienced architects
can help to define and manage a budget
in ways that will necessitate the fewest
Planning is more difficult today with
larger and more complex project teams,
and, therefore, more plans than ever go
off the tracks and don’t work.
But, it doesn’t have to be that way; in-
sights of experienced project teams guide
planning to success, today and tomorrow.
Give your science and technology facility
the best possible chance of success. Develop
a vision from contributions made by as
many stakeholders and users as possible—including donors. Find the ideal first.
Define the budget next and prioritize the
ideals. Take advantage of flexible design—
so the building can continue to provide service close to the ideal for decades to come.
Marvin Kemp is Senior Associate at Design Collective Inc. Matt Herbert is Senior
Associate at Design Collective Inc.
accommodate the next cycle of change.
Key components of that planning include
having larger, more open labs where space
or specific benches can be reassigned as
research teams grow or contract.
Wet labs, dry labs, computational facilities all carry different kinds of costs, thanks
to different fixtures, benches and technology infrastructure. Of course, physics labs
differ from biology labs from chemistry
labs, as well, and all have different costs
associated with their construction.
One issue common to different kinds
of labs involves choosing between fixed
and moveable fixtures. Fixed benches, for
instance, cost less than moveable benches.
Some universities have stored fixed benches
from past projects and re-use them, a
practice that can create cost efficiencies.
This approach does require storage space
and management, and can lead to benches
becoming dated when re-used, or lead to a
patchwork effect within a lab.
Then again, moveable fixtures have
value. They too can be stored between
projects and re-used—and re-installed
for lower costs than fixed benches. And,
the customization of built in casework
also is prohibitive in its reuse.
bility than in the recent past.
Researchers are embracing these new
technological research capabilities, but
those changes come with space challenges. Flexible labs will enable a faster
response by researchers to the changing
technologies. Instead of a new facility,
flexible spaces permit relatively quick
reconfigurations of existing spaces.
On the maintenance side, flexibility
can reduce annual energy costs, while
allowing modifications to existing lab
space to accommodate new research routines to be substantially reduced.
Those are permanent financial benefits
going forward. The one-time cost of a
flexible facility will provide these long-term benefits.
CONSIDERATIONS FOR FLEXIBLE DESIGN
An experienced science and technology
project team is always planning for the
next technology within the lab module to
Support your vision:
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By: George Wittman, PE, Senior Vice
President, Life Sciences, JLL
If you’re a life-long scientist, you know the realities of many labs: cold lighting, stuffy bench space, isolation from
the outside world. Even when “outside”
means simply the R&D team in the next
room over, the separation can make life in
the lab feel disconnected.
What if the lab could be designed to
be an enjoyable workplace?
Innovation doesn’t happen in a box,
so it makes little sense to design lab
environments that resemble a 1950’s
grade school—as many do today. Even
the most highly regulated labs could
arguably be made more inviting, from
offering more flexible workspaces to
maximizing daylighting in common
Improving the employee experience
for office workers has gotten a lot of
press. But scientists deserve an innova-
tion-friendly work environment more
than anyone. Furthermore, the value
of providing a workspace that inspires
validated. A new World Green Building
Council (WGBC) report, sponsored by
JLL, investigates decades of research
into the links between health, wellbeing
and productivity. The WGBC research
suggests even modest improvements in
lighting and workspace layout can pay
off in increased employee productivity.
What they see is what you get—in lab productivity
At the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, lab spaces feature ample natural light as a complement to
overhead and task lighting. Image: JLL