Dashboarding: Laboratory Renovation Strategies

Mark Paskanik, CRB
Nick Caronna, CRB

A dashboard is a powerful tool to aid in the decision-making process. It is an information management tool that is used to visualize metrics and other key data points relevant to a project cost. Through the use of data visualizations, dashboards simplify complex data sets to provide users with at-a-glance awareness of project cost options. All too often, we schedule large meetings with leadership to present and discuss the scope and budget. Teams may come to the meeting prepared, but what happens when a thoughtful question is raised or another scenario needs to be discussed? Unless the team has prepared in advance, the meeting usually ends with action items, which often lead to delays in the overall schedule and require more time from a busy leadership team.

Using a dashboard can allow leadership to control the outcome and gain their buy-in. The dashboard is interactive, and multiple cost scenarios can be created in real time. Options can be compared side by side to gain a true consensus on the best and most economical approach. As a result, all decision makers are dismissed from a meeting with a decision and path forward.

Laboratory renovation projects are extremely challenging and require a very thorough analysis. In many cases the cost of renovation strategies can vary from project to project. The complexity of various options must be analyzed quickly, yet thoroughly enough to request capital funding, review impacts to occupant disruptions, hiring design consultants, and construction professionals. How is that done in timely, reliable fashion?

The dashboard provides a dynamic response to "what-if" scenarios by the decision-makers quickly so that a more in-depth focused direction can be quickly pursued.

Combining this with practical planning strategies can make your project successful from the visioning planning phase all the way through operations and facility life cycle.

Learning Objectives

  • Develop quick decision-making skills by use of a cost-modeling dashboard.
  • Determine practical renovation strategies for successful, cost-efficient lab design.
  • Understand practical strategies to reduce overall project timelines (and costs).
  • Discuss tactics for reduced facility carbon footprint.


Mark Paskanik, CRB Senior Architect & Laboratory Planner, has nearly 20 years of experience programming, planning and designing research facilities worldwide. With a focus on tested planning principles, Mark uniquely adapts each lab design to support the client's vision to create a collaborative, efficient and safe environment. Mark currently serves as a founding board member for the NC-Triangle Chapter of I2SL.

Nick has more than 35 years of experience serving the private and public sectors as Principal, Senior Project Manager and Senior Mechanical Engineer. Nick has extensive experience in energy usage evaluations, greenfield construction, complex retrofits, and cost-effective solutions. He has presented nationally, as well as authored a number of articles. Nick was a founding member of the NC-Triangle Chapter of I2SL and serves as the chapter President.


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