Quick Tips from Linda: Future-Friendly Labs

With the addition of new technologies comes new capabilities, such as gathering and analyzing larger amounts of data

By Lab Manager

Quick Tips from Linda Future-Friendly Labs

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Today’s laboratories on average dedicate 30 percent of net space to technology. Because of this trend, among others, “wet” lab areas are shrinking and transitioning to more “dry” spaces.

With the addition of new technologies comes new capabilities, such as gathering and analyzing larger amounts of data. Consider how a layout with more "dry" spaces equipped with computers, desks, and offices will influence the workflow of your lab.

Forward-looking lab designs are those that can be easily reconfigured to accommodate different kinds of research and help scientists perform their studies as quickly as possible. How can you provide your staff with the most optimized lab layout for current needs, while keeping it flexible enough to adapt to future needs?

Mobile casework and unassigned workspaces make for easy transition and changes. Additionally, retractable electrical cords can be installed in the ceiling and technical infrastructure into movable facades so workspaces are not limited to fixed walls. Another trend that is here to stay is dedicating space for casual interactions and collaborations. This allows staff to converse in a comfortable setting and brainstorm new ideas.

The design of your laboratory directly impacts staff morale and productivity. Consider how emerging trends, introduction of new technologies, and changes in research focus alter the needs of your lab’s layout.


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Published: October 10, 2019

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