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Design Excellence Awards Open for Entries

Awards program honors labs for excellence in innovation, sustainability, and safety

MaryBeth DiDonna

MaryBeth DiDonna is managing editor, events for Lab Manager. She organizes and moderates the webinars and virtual conferences for Lab Manager as well as other LMG brands, enabling industry...

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Lab Manager is proud to announce its third annual Design Excellence Awards, to recognize and honor the best new and newly renovated labs across the globe. 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.”

Lab facilities entered into the Design Excellence Awards will compete for top prizes in Excellence in Innovation, Excellence in Sustainability, and Excellence in Safety. Entrants in this competition are encouraged to 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. Demonstrate what makes your facilities unique and cutting-edge, and how this will impact the design of labs of the future. Past entries have included research labs, academic facilities, forensic and crime labs, health care buildings and hospitals, government lab facilities, industry labs, and more.

The top prize winners will appear in feature articles in Lab Manager and on Last year, Lab Manager spoke to the teams behind the University of Michigan's Biological Sciences Building & Museum of Natural History, winner of the Excellence in Innovation award; Texas A&M's Global Health Research Complex, winner of the Excellence in Safety award; and the University of South Carolina Science & Technology Building, winner of Special Mention for Adaptive Reuse.

Lab design experts on the Design Excellence Awards winning teams will be honored during Lab Manager's Design Digital Summit on June 14-16, 2022. The winning teams will accept their awards and offer informative virtual presentations about their groundbreaking projects to the Lab Manager audience. This summit offers free registration and the chance for attendees to ask questions about lab design, which will be answered by prominent leaders in the lab design/build community. 

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 Design Digital Summit. Learn more about this event:

For more information about the Design Excellence Awards, visit Entries are due by March 11, 2022.