Advancements in laboratory design are evolving, changing both modern methods of research and the way that scientists work. Scientists now are more apt to working with their colleagues in groups, which has led to open space planning to help foster collaboration. Mobility is also key. In decades past, scientists were traditionally bound to a stationed bench to conduct their research. Not so any longer. Laboratory Design reports:

Innovation depends still in part on the “aha” moment of the sole thinker, but more often also on the sharing of information and ideas, the inspiration of chance connections and encounters and the nimble adaptation to new information, technologies and discovery programs. These drivers are leading labs to be much more open and flexible, as well as more attractive to the brightest talent—the creative researchers on whom research is so dependent.

With all of the advancements in design, the cost of building these open and mobile labs is an expensive investment. Long-term-reliability heavily comes into play for many organizations as they work to find ways to reduce energy consumption, maintenance costs and floor space required to house duplicate equipment.

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