Driven by changing needs, today’s laboratories are adapting.

The new age of laboratory design is here, according to an article in Laboratory Design. It is already promoting collaboration and transforming workstations for greater flexibility. These changes have been driven by two key factors — the growth of big data and the arrival of the Millennial generation.

Building lab spaces around a culture of collaboration drives productivity, sparks creativity and encourages innovation. It also creates a more engaged workforce, helping to attract and retain top talent.

Some examples of this new approach to the laboratory environment:

  • Smaller, more efficient work spaces with less bench space
  • Shared workstations with less office space and more collaborative gathering areas
  • Informal meeting spaces and impromptu collaboration zones
  • Flexibility and adaptability with mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) systems
  • Unplugged zones for researchers to have contemplative areas outside of the lab environment
  • Robust IT systems to provide infrastructure for growing data and global collaboration demands
  • Scientific equipment optimization to employ the sharing of high-value assets that tend to be underutilized in traditional labs

The ultimate goal of these changes in lab design, of course, is to bring new developments in medicine and other fields to market faster and more effectively. To find out about these new approaches to lab design, go to the full article.