Innovative Science In Less Space

Mark Paskanik, CRB

How can we be more creative in our science facilities? How can we do more science in less space and reduce cost? Much of it comes from common sense ideas but sometimes you must think outside the box to provide unique solutions.

Laboratory managers are constantly challenged to create new research environments with shrinking budgets and limited resources. Cost-conscious owners expect facilities to meet their vision and their business objectives. They want 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 as determining these common sense approaches, the design team should understand the perspective of the Owner. Not all approaches are a good fit 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 and how you can do more science with less.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand unique laboratory solutions;
  • Holistic approach to the laboratory design process;
  • Practical strategies and tools for building consensus; and
  • Practical strategies to reduce overall carbon footprint and budget.


Mark Paskanik, CRB Senior Architect & Laboratory Design Expert, has 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.


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