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2021 Lab Design Excellence Awards Winners Announced

Lab Manager is proud to reveal the lab facilities that have taken home honors

MaryBeth DiDonna

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Lab Manager’s Lab Design Excellence Awards honor excellence in research laboratory design, planning, and construction. This prestigious program recognizes and celebrates the best new and newly renovated projects within the lab design community. These awards acknowledge everyone who touches the lab design process—from the architect and lab planner to the engineer, as well as laboratory equipment and furniture manufacturers. 

University of Michigan Biological Sciences Building & Museum of Natural History

Following the completion of the submission and judging processes, Lab Manager is now proud to announce the winners of its 2021 competition:

Award for Excellence in Innovation: University of Michigan Biological Sciences Building & Museum of Natural History. Submitted by SmithGroup/Ennead.

Award for Excellence in Safety: Texas A&M University Global Health Research Complex. Submitted by Perkins&Will.

Award for Special Mention for Adaptive Reuse (Sustainability category): Science & Technology Building, University of South Carolina. Submitted by EYP.

Texas A&M University Global Health Research Complex
Steinkamp Photography

The Lab Design Excellence Awards program was launched by Lab Manager in 2019. The competition invited industry professionals to put their recent lab projects into words, for a chance to enter into an elite community within the lab design world. Entrants were asked to demonstrate what makes their facilities unique and cutting-edge, and how they can serve as models for the lab design/build community. A panel of industry leaders—consisting of laboratory architects, engineers, construction professionals, and editorial staff from Lab Manager—analyzed each entry for its approach to lab design, specifically focusing on the categories of Innovation, Sustainability, and Safety. Projects entered in the Lab Design Excellence Awards represented a wide range of laboratory types, such as research labs, academic facilities, forensic and crime labs, healthcare buildings, government facilities, industry labs, and more.

The project teams will be honored during the Lab Design Digital Summit, May 11-13. The three winning teams will accept their awards and offer in-depth presentations about their groundbreaking projects, which will be broadcast via live webinars to the Lab Manager audience. Additional webinars on lab design topics will also be a part of this free event. For more information and to register, please visit  

Science & Technology Building, University of South Carolina
Gary Matson, gmatsonphoto

A complete profile of the Lab Design Excellence Awards winners will appear in upcoming issues of Lab Manager and on

Congratulations to all of our honorees!