It's all in the planning
Robert B. Skolozdra
Robert Skolozdra, AIA, LEED AP, is a partner and LEED design specialist with Svigals + Partners, an integrated architecture and art provider specializing in research and educational facilities. The company is based in New Haven, CT. Robert can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 203-786-5110 ext 333.
Over the last decade, traditional office and R&D designs have failed to serve new business models and employment arrangements; the results have been visible at the bottom line of balance sheets. The real bottom line is this: Better workplaces make for better business.
What does “high-quality” mean in terms of laboratory design? Good lab design clearly satisfies not only individual expectations but even the psychological and emotional makeup of the user group.
It’s really not optional anymore. Sustainable design must be a part of the holistic approach to building a lab.
With the issue of sustainability fast becoming ubiquitous in our culture, the benefits of green design and building are prized highly by architecture, engineering and construction professionals as well as by many in the scientific community at large.
Of late, designers and operators of laboratory spaces are beginning to encourage clients to consider an unusual and often unconsidered aspect of research facilities: how laboratory design and amenities contribute to a research organizations ability to attract and retain top scientific talent.