Developing the Lab Resilience Guide

Jacob Werner, Perkins & Will
Lisa Churchill, Climate Advisory, LLC
George Karidis, SmithGroup

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The authors of the "I2SL Laboratory Resilience Guide" (working title) invite you to a session on laboratory resilience. We will share our framework for lab resilience, our progress, and several opportunities for you to contribute.

The guide explores the following topics: What disruptive events have recently happened to laboratories? What disruptions are plausible? What do different kinds of labs need, and how does that effect our response or planning? What happens when a laboratory experiences an event, such as a pandemic, hurricane, or flood? What can we do to mitigate? What tools and resources can help labs prepare?

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how resilience planning and design apply to laboratories;
  • Understand typical consequences of events, and how they affect laboratory buildings, equipment and furnishings, lab operations, and occupants;
  • Gain a new perspective on 'typical' laboratory design and operations practices; and
  • Learn how you can contribute to the guide.


Jacob is a Sr Project Architect with Perkins & Will's Boston studio, specializing in laboratory design. Jacob is an advocate for sustainable design. He is a LEED AP, WELL AP, Passivehouse Consultant, and ILFI Ambassador. He is a leader in the I2SL New England chapter and the I2SL Lab Benchmarking Committee. Jacob has spoken extensively about both sustainability and laboratory design at Tradeline, I2SL, and BuildBoston. A natural teacher, he taught design at the Boston Architectural College.

Lisa Churchill is a climate change expert, with a focus on the intersect of the built and natural environments.  She started her career as a transportation planner before becoming interested in the carbon markets and, more recently, in alternative financing and investment options related to resilience.  She leads climate adaptation projects for the public and private sectors, and has presented at the Pentagon and a Congressional Briefing on climate security and investments in resilient infrastructure.  Her training as a paleontologist, with a focus on mass extinctions, has given her a unique perspective on the characteristics of resilient systems. Lisa has served as a faculty member for an executive-level course on Urban Resilience offered through MIT, is co-editing a book on climate change for design professionals (through ACEC), and a best practices guide for Resilient Labs (through I2SL).  She has also led original research quantifying the financial and economic impacts of climate change at the city level which will be published by the Urban Land Institute later this summer.



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