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the space or configure for a single company. Either way,
the lab can be redesigned and restructured in a matter of
weeks instead of months.
Lessons for corporate and institutional lab users
We’ve long seen the disconnect between the business,
cultural and operational needs of university-sponsored
research and commercial enterprises. I have worked on
multiple buildings where the client aspired to incorporate
both academic space and commercially leased space in
the same building. The model is a challenge—not only
because of differences in their funding and hierarchy,
but also the need to understand what the researchers are
trying to achieve and where the similarities and shared
objectives of the two intersect.
A lesson gained from campus lab environments—and
integrated into the shared lab models—is the efficiency
and appeal of amenities in creating a workspace where
people want to be. To match the collegial atmosphere
of a research institute, commercial shared-space models
often host lunch-and-learn events, happy hours and game
nights, inspiring teams and companies to network and
The energy opportunity: purpose-built
For the past 20 to 30 years, sustainability, like flexibility,
was defined by the tools available. Today, energy and
efficiency are radically redefined by current and emerging
technology in the lab environment.
For example, the automation of many labor-intensive
lab tasks presents a new opportunity for energy savings.
Traditionally, there was an individual researcher who
would take up a more substantial amount of space
and be walking around attending to hands-on tasks
and observation. Today, these activities are increasingly
becoming automated. This opens up the opportunity
to place the noisy, chemically intensive equipment in
specific, smaller spaces instead of in the open lab.
A typical flex lab setup, the base building block in the SmartLabs model, is
designed for ease of changeout and reconfiguration to meet changing research
needs. Image: Raj Das