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The Second Annual Lab Design Excellence Awards

The Second Annual Lab Design Excellence Awards

Lab Manager will honor top labs for Excellence in Innovation, Sustainability, and Safety

MaryBeth DiDonna

Following the success of its inaugural competition in 2020, Lab Manager will once again be recognizing the best new labs in the industry as part of its Lab Design Excellence Awards. This program has been established by Lab Manager to honor excellence in research laboratory design, planning, and construction, and to celebrate the best new projects within the lab design community. Everyone involved in the lab design process, from architects and lab planners, to engineers, to equipment and furniture manufacturers, plays an important role in the development of these groundbreaking facilities, and they have been invited to demonstrate to the Lab Manager community what makes their labs the “best of the best.”

Labs entered into the Lab Design Excellence Awards will compete for top prizes in Excellence in Innovation, Excellence in Sustainability, and Excellence in Safety. Entrants in this competition will explain the strategies and features they included in their facility designs to develop the optimized lab in new, exciting ways that enable them to serve as role models to others looking to achieve similar success. The competition has asked lab design/build professionals to demonstrate what makes their facilities unique and cutting-edge, and how this will impact the design of labs of the future. Projects entered in the Lab Design Excellence Awards represent a wide range of laboratory types, such as research labs, academic facilities, forensic and crime labs, health care buildings, government facilities, industry labs, and more.

The winners in these three categories will appear in feature articles in Lab Manager and on labmanager.com. Last year, Lab Manager spoke to the teams behind the Lilly Innovation Development Center, winner of Excellence in Innovation; Arizona State University, Biodesign Institute C, winner for Excellence in Sustainability; and Butte College Welding & Manufacturing Building, winner for Excellence in Safety. Honorable Mention was awarded to the Engineering Research Center, Brown University in the Innovation category, and the Aerospace & Engineering Sciences Building, Metropolitan State University of Denver, for the Sustainability category. 

The project teams behind the Excellence in Innovation, Excellence in Sustainability, and Excellence in Safety award winners will be honored during the Design Digital Summit on May 11-13, 2021. The three winning teams 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. 

The Design Digital Summit will also feature presentations from lab design/build industry leaders who will offer professional insight and helpful advice on the latest innovations in lab design, sustainable design strategies, and safety in lab design. Architects, engineers, lab planners, designers, equipment vendors, laboratory management professionals, and all others who are involved with the design, construction, and renovation of lab facilities are invited to attend. The educational sessions will focus on a variety of topics including building successful collaborations between design/build teams and lab management, developing a flexible lab, and optimizing the lab for the twenty-first century. 

Attendees of this free virtual conference will be invited to participate in a Q&A session with each speaker after their presentation. These sessions will be available for free, on-demand download shortly after the conclusion of the Digital Design Summit. Learn more about this event: summit.labmanager.com/design.