We learned key lessons from less-efficient research layouts. In a typical facility, each researcher might dictate the specific, unique composition of his or her lab space. This sounds acceptable, in theory, but in practice this hyper-customization creates separation, waste, and duplication. We embraced the challenge: to create an extremely efficient research facility.
These universal research lab layouts are highly adaptable, allowing for the inevitable ebb and flow of research space needs. They also lower the overall operating cost and provide capacity for up to 115 researchers and more than 125 fume hoods. Behind-the-scenes, integrated technology and mechanical systems support the building, including the heavy requirements of servicing laboratory spaces.
This shift — from separate research spaces to open, flexible shared laboratories — was not easy for faculty, nor was it attempted without their guidance. They provided invaluable input, and, together, we created an open lab concept that would truly work for all.