Finding the Happy Middle Ground between Efficient, Safe, and Desirable Workplaces.

Carlos Perez-Rubio, HERA Laboratory Planners
Amy Tongay, HERA Laboratory Planners

All too often we read about lab trends, how laboratory design is evolving from a wet/dirty environment, or the importance of ergonomics. Yet, while the text references catch phrases like pods, millennials, open environments, and flexibility, the images reveal a different story. Generally we are treated to spectacular shots of lobbies, building exteriors, and offices to die for. Meanwhile, the few lab images that do make it onto the article look spartan, boring, and "timeless". Timeless because nothing has really changed in the last 30 years. Why is that? Are planners afraid to experiment for fear of failure? is it lack of creativity? Or is it simply that the advances are more subtle and the images don't necessarily reflect the advancements in finishes, systems, and theory?

In this presentation we will explore the following:

  • Ways to push the envelope with your design ideas while minimizing the risk of failure
  • See examples of laboratories that attempt to break away from the ordinary
  • Discuss taboos and rules of thumb that negatively affect sustainable efforts

Learning Objectives

  • Learn of ways to push the envelope with your design ideas while minimizing the risk of failure
  • Learn about new offerings, finishes, and ideas in the marketplace
  • broaden their knowledge about taboos and rules of thumb that negatively affect sustainable efforts
  • see examples of laboratories that attempt to break away from the ordinary that can serve as inspiration or cautionary tales

Biographies:

Carlos brings comprehensive experience in designing diverse laboratory types. He has a thorough understanding of the technical issues involved in laboratory environments and their support systems. His strengths are in humanizing the environment for those that spend the majority of their day in laboratories. He has excellent skills in organizing and coordinating the collaborative efforts of client groups and design professionals to achieve the project goals in an efficient and successful process.

Amy brings expertise in programming, master planning, design, construction documentation and administration, project management, move management and equipment planning for laboratory facilities of all types. Her experience includes analytical/testing, biomedical research, clinical, simulation and core labs for health, education and industry clients. Amy's project involvement from beginning to end enables HERA to provide our clients a seamless project delivery.

 

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