Every research program is unique. Design solutions must be tailored to the operations and characteristics of the research to be performed, while still offering flexibility to change and adapt to new research directions as they arise. BSA has designed thousands of square feet of laboratory space, including a high percentage of renovated lab space.
Our laboratory facility planners are an integral part of the design team from the outset of the project. We ask the right questions, speak the language of the instructor and researcher, and offer alternate solutions to common issues. Our laboratory design process begins with a modular approach with zoning, casework, and utility solutions to maximize a facility’s ability to respond to changing conditions over time.
Fixed benches, suspended systems, mobile carts… all of one system, or a combination of all? Design must consider how and how often equipment, processes, and teams may change.
Researchers no longer spend their entire day in their labs. Today’s technology allows them to set up tests and processes in their labs and to analyze the results remotely in their offices, in a break room, or in a collaboration area.
Technology is never standing still, especially in industries that specialize in discovery. Flexible space layouts allow researchers to adapt to the size requirement of new equipment more easily, without major renovations and without disruption to their daily research activities.
Through our experience, we know that characteristics of successful laboratories include: