Before you begin, get educated about the process. You need to know:
- The needs and expectations of functional group managers and other internal team members.
- The expertise and capabilities of your external team, including architects, engineers, CM, contractors, and lab planners.
- Your actual, current needs for space, processes, support areas, and materials storage. Plans made on assumptions mean that you could make costly mistakes. Plans made on projected growth can get expensive very quickly, as you add HVAC, power, data, and work space that you may not need for years to come. And the fact is that most well-planned labs can easily accommodate change when needed.
Keep Your Layout Simple
- Minimize or eliminate walls between functions.
- Organize functional groups in shared space. It’s cheaper to build now, and is more flxible later.
- Use islands and peninsulas to maximize your usable space.
Putting benches only around the perimeter wastes as much as
75% of your square footage
- Build for your current needs, especially for power and ventilation.
- Plan separate storage for bulk supplies.
- Consider shared specialty gasses and data systems.