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2022 Design Excellence Awards Winners Announced

Lab Manager proudly announces the winners of its third annual competition

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Lab Manager Design Excellence Awards

Lab Manager’s Design Excellence Awards serve to 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.

Following the completion of the submission and judging processes, Lab Manager is proud to announce the winners of its 2022 competition:

Excellence in Innovation: Caltech Chen Neuroscience Building. Submitted by SmithGroup.

Excellence in Sustainability: California Air Resources Board Southern California Headquarters, Mary D. Nichols Campus. Submitted by ZGF.

Honorable Mention, Safety category: Argonne National Laboratory Materials Design Laboratory. Submitted by IMEG Corp.

Honorable Mention, Innovation category: Ball Horticultural Company Helix Central Research and Development Center. Submitted by Christner.

Honorable Mention, Sustainability category: Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact at University of Oregon. Submitted by Ennead Architects with Bora Architecture & Interiors.

The Design Excellence Awards program was launched by Lab Manager in 2019. The competition invites 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 are 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—analyzes each entry for its approach to lab design, specifically focusing on the categories of Innovation, Sustainability, and Safety. Projects entered in the Design Excellence Awards represent a wide range of laboratory types, such as research labs, academic facilities, healthcare and veterinary buildings, food and beverage research labs, government facilities, and more.

The project teams will be honored during the Design Digital Summit, June 14-16. The top prize winner in each of the three competition categories 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  

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

Congratulations to all of our honorees!