Healthcare and education design has rapidly advanced in recent years, accommodating the increasingly strong connection between occupants and rates of success within differently designed spaces. In order to stay competitive and support breakthrough research, biomedical research labs have evolved in layout and function. There are eight key issues in facility planning for labs that have taken hold. Take a look at this example from Laboratory Design:
There is a significant transition from fume hoods to computers, and from wet labs to dry labs. The dry labs – and many wet labs – don’t need to be based on the traditional rigid lab module. The labs are now more innovative with a wider range of layouts and furniture based primarily on a 10-ft office module. This shift provides an opportunity to make researcher offices additional dry lab space. Offices no longer serve as mere refuges for libraries of books. These areas should be fully utilized as areas for computer-based research or areas for collaboration.
Many improvements revolve around mobile research, transparency and teamwork. The focus on team research has led to the minimization of walls and doors to allow for easy access and transparency. Advancements in technology and gains in energy efficiency have paved the way for highly mobile and adaptable ways to work.
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