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This is Tradeline's 40th conference on laboratory design and research facility planning, capital project management, and facility operations.

An entirely new set of lab-office-support-core space plans are now in force and this conference will focus on the new designs, metrics, and planning models for labs, offices, cores, and support facilities for high-technology laboratory and research work environments.


  1. Strategic planning for research facilities
  2. New plans and metrics for shared scientific work environments: Bench, cores, support space, offices
  3. New space plans for cross-disciplinary teams of engineers, scientists, and data science professionals
  4. New metrics for space allocation, utilization, productivity, occupancy cost
  5. Renovation, repurposing, and new construction solutions
  6. New workplace strategies for researchers and staff
  7. New flexibility, modularity, and adaptability strategies and features

All stakeholders who are interested in speaking at this conference are tasked to demonstrate innovative ideas, models, and/or solutions using one or more of the elements below, or your own creative new concepts, to address the objectives above:

  • New space plans, metrics, and layouts for labs, offices, cores, and support space
  • Workplace strategies for modern scientific work environments
  • Decision-making on renovation, repurposing, or building new
  • Space management and allocation policies for higher utilization
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and scalability for new research programs and priorities
  • New NIH funding for vaccine, therapeutic, and diagnostic research 
  • New standards for “wet” bench space: Smaller modules, shared benches
  • Less permanently assigned space and flexible assignment of resources
  • Collaborative space: What qualifies as collaborative space, what is working, and what is not
  • Planning for increased computational space: Plans, metrics, and location
  • Centralized research core facilities for recruitment, reduced cost and redundancy, and maximum space utilization
  • Multi-, trans-, and interdisciplinary research plans
  • Accommodating inreased demand for computational and data sciences into traditional research programs
  • Research facility portfolio upgrades for wrong type, outdated, and/or underutilized space
  • Recapturing underutilized research space: Setting new space standards, reining in underperforming space, upgrading and assigning it to productive programs
  • Features that inspire entrepreneurship and commercialization
  • Increased demand for support space: Type, adjacencies, and quantity
  • The next generation smart lab – what are the key characteristics?
  • Lab equipment and furniture systems that provide modularity
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and scalability for new science programs and priorities
  • Energy efficiency: Building management systems, heat recovery, chilled beams, neutral air systems, new lab equipment and controls
  • Automated lab monitoring and control systems
  • Building performance criteria
  • New, more cost efficient MEP systems
  • Lab casework/furniture systems
  • Modular and prefabricated design and construction solutions


  1. View the Past Participants list to see a sample of the institutions and job titles that will be participating.
  2. Consider the audience top issues above and plan how to address those with your presentation.
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