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Agenda Posted for 2020 Lab Manager Design Summit

Agenda Posted for 2020 Lab Manager Design Summit

The Lab Manager Design Summit will be held May 11-13 in Atlanta, GA

MaryBeth DiDonna

Lab Manager has announced the speaker lineup for its Lab Design Summit, which will be held on May 11-13, 2020 at the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta, GA. 

This exciting three-day event will open on Monday, May 11, with tours of two of the most groundbreaking labs in the Atlanta metro area—the Engineered Biosystems Building at Georgia Tech, and the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University. 

The educational agenda of the Design Summit will kick off on Tuesday, May 12, with a keynote presentation by Star Scott, the Green Labs Program Coordinator at the University of Georgia. She will discuss how conscious design of research labs can be the “gateway” for a sustainable future, and how designers, researchers, and lab managers all play a role in this endeavor.

Aimée Smith of RWDI will talk about the aspects of laboratory building performance that should be considered holistically to design truly high performing and sustainable laboratories. Chris Ertl of Clark Enersen will present on the sustainable techniques a lab manager and design team can implement at the current time for maximum future impact. Also presenting will be Patrick O’Keefe of Hanbury, who will discuss the role of machines, technology, and robotics in the future of lab design. Fred Tull and Kevin Brettmann of JE Dunn will co-present on how project managers can assemble a high-performing design and construction team to develop their lab facilities. Mark Paskanik of CRB will talk about how design teams and lab managers can take advantage of small lab spaces to perform more science and research.

Also speaking will be Regal Leftwich of SmithGroup, who will offer an outline for planning for a new lab and show how high-performing, agile labs respond to changes in technology and science. Pritesh Kumar of PhytoSciences will deliver a session on what it takes to design and construct a laboratory specifically for cannabis research, and the challenges that such a project entails. Victoria David of DLR Group will speak on how community colleges are stepping up to the challenges of developing STEM labs and CTE programs. JE Dunn’s Kevin Brettmann will once again take the stage to moderate a panel of experts who will offer a case study regarding the design and construction of Health Sciences Research Building II, an ongoing project at nearby Emory University. Chris Small of Hanbury will offer a look at how to develop good communication between the lab manager, architect, and contractor, and will discuss various techniques and tools that project team members can utilize to build a better working relationship with each other.

Select educational sessions will be available for AIA credit. Staff members at the Design Summit will be available to assist you with any questions regarding your credits.

The Design Summit will also host the winners of our prestigious Lab Manager Design Excellence Awards, which recognize and celebrate the best, most innovative lab facilities across the globe. Hear from these experts as they talk about the sustainability and safety strategies that were implemented in their winning projects. 

More information about the Lab Manager Design Summit will be released as we get closer to May 11-13. Visit our conference website at for continuous updates. You can also follow us on Twitter @labmanager, where you can view posts from us, speakers, and attendees by searching the hashtag #LabDesign2020. 

We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!