The mock-up is still a valuable tool that influences conceptual lab design.

Evolving technologies and methodologies in the design process are placing more of a focus on providing better tools for envisioning concepts and meeting user needs. Using mock-ups in this way helps focus and align visions of a space while also verifying or invalidating approaches through testing. Laboratory Design cites some recent examples where mock-ups helped with timelines and problem-solving.

In our recently completed project The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, a collaborative design partnership with Centerbrook Architects and Planners, the team used mock-ups to meet the fast-track timeline (30 months for design and construction). In addition to exterior skin mock-ups and pre-fabricated elements, the construction manager, Whiting-Turner, created an in-place mock-up of one lab, one bathroom and one office. This accelerated the early completion of one of each room type. It also revealed issues for the building inspector, which allowed the team to proactively problem-solve.

In other scenarios, mock-ups were instrumental in evaluating equipment, choosing color palettes and even influencing corporate culture. Designing facilities is a costly, long-term investment. Understanding all factors from a variety of angles and perspectives is key to ensuring the success of your building.

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