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 lab managers  can do more science with less.