Common Sense Approaches to Sustainable Lab Design

Mark Paskanik, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, CRB
Nick Caronna, PE, LEED AP BD+C, CRB

Laboratory owners are constantly challenged to create new research environments with shrinking budgets and limited resources. Cost-conscious owners expect facilities to meet their vision and business objectives while including flexibility, efficiency and robust utility/engineering systems, yet they are risk-averse. With a thorough holistic approach to the design process and an experienced integrated team, practical approaches can be applied to fit the goals of the project.

Just as important to determining these common sense approaches, the design team should understand the perspective of the owner. Not all approaches are adequate for each project. Lessons learned will be presented from past case studies to look at the approaches that are a long term fit for the owner and the project.

Learning Objectives

  • Observe lessons learned perspective from the owner.
  • Understand the holistic approach to the laboratory design.
  • Realize the importance of team integration.
  • Gain practical strategies to reduce overall 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. He has planned over 10,000,000 square feet of laboratory space and has completed many challenging renovation projects.

Nick Caronna, CRB Senior Director of Science + Technology & Engineering Lab Planner, has over 36 years of experience serving the private and public sectors in the Science and Technology industries worldwide. As a LEED accredited professional, Nick continues to design sustainable laboratories with a focus on minimal cost and energy usage impacts.


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