“Plan for the future”. “Design for the Users”. “Invest in Sustainability”. – The mindset of today’s facilities and laboratory development have been established over decades of lessons learned from buildings lacking the flexibility to adapt to rapid technological and research advances. With the convergence of research disciplines and playing a key role in transforming lab environments, it is affecting workflow, interaction, research approaches, support spaces, equipment demands and more. In this panel discussion will take a look at:
- Key characteristics of a ‘super lab’ and how to efficiently manage the transition from traditional to modern workflow standards
- Setting metrics to optimise shared working environments, from lab benches to work spaces
- Features to increase wellbeing of users and attract new membership
11:00 AM CASE STUDY: Reflecting and Assessing the Impact of Design from Australian National Phenome Centre (ANPC) on Research Output
Designing laboratories are technically complex with the social, physical and scientific elements all demanding attention. What sets the ANPC apart from traditional research facilities is its radical design to place labs from north to south with natural light shining through both sides. The floor plan is a highly flexible design by the team at Hames Sharley to provide spaces for both incidental interactions as well as enclosed spaces for privacy and concentration.
The ANPC brings together researchers from all Western Australian universities, major hospitals, medical research institutes and industry partners. Four years following the opening of the centre, we reflect on :
- Design decisions and its implications on research collaboration,
- Challenges with the large collection of mass spectrometers including noise, heat, weight and access.
- Measures of research success to inform the future of facility expansions