Laboratory Facility

Webinar Recordings

A Different Kind of SMART

In this presentation, we discuss how to identify and select appropriate metrics—equally focused on education and research—for evaluating “SMART” research laboratories.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

A Laboratory Campus for the Handicapped

Conference Recordings

Campus Tour | University of Hawaii at Manoa

This tour will showcase the University of Hawaii’s flagship campus and the unique challenges the university faces with regard to long-term planning, campus redevelopment, and designing in a tropical environment.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Designing for STEM

Community colleges are developing sophisticated simulation laboratories, makerspaces, and innovation centers to prepare students to successfully enter the STEM workforce and meet the needs of high-tech employers.

Developing Research Methods for Analyzing Learning Spaces That Can Inform Institutional Missions of Learning and Engagement

This research report explores the value of applying social science approaches to learning space design, toward understanding how students’s perceptions of campus space affect their learning experience.
Conference Presentations

From Stymied to STEM Lab

We will share lessons learned from Purdue University's college master plan and STEM building that you can use to clarify thinking, focus need, build a case for a new project, and set the stage for future growth.
Conference Presentations

Iconic Design Problem Solving and Entrepreneurship Create Collaborative Incubator Spaces

We will reveal our methodology for how institutions can generate new economies, define an innovation campus identity, and utilize brownfields.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Out of the Shadows

To prepare students for 21st-century careers, recent capital investments are placing science and technology at the center of campus, with new facilities designed as both social and learning spaces.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Phased Transformations of Academic Buildings

When you’re renovating a campus building, you’re contending with dust, noise, vibration, the risk of budget overruns, relocating occupants, extended timelines, and more. Following best practices of experienced planners can help you to mitigate the most common challenges.
Conference Presentations

Programming and Designing Science Labs in a P3 Delivery model

This session will focus on how University of California Merced defined an academic and research science program for an unknown group of scientists to allow for a selection process, the resultant design dilemma faced by the architects, and how the team took on the challenge of modifying the generic laboratories.
Example Plans

Return to Research Guidance

This document represents recommended guidelines for a gradual, phased reactivation of research activities at the university.
Webinar Recordings


The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for laboratory environments. Labs were shut down in a matter of days to follow the “stay-at-home” order. As we look forward to the reopening of labs post-COVID-19, this webinar will provide some considerations that will guide the creation of a safe and healthy lab environment as well as discussions on real challenges from universities’ perspectives.
Conference Presentations

The Innovation Campus

We will share how Northeastern University developed the Innovation Campus at Burlington, Massachusetts (ICBM) using alternative financing strategies, private partnerships, creatively re-purposed existing facilities.
Conference Recordings

Using Metrics to Maximize the UW-Platteville Engineering Facility

We’ll discuss how we leveraged metrics and space utilization studies to achieve a unifying one-building solution for all engineering programs at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville rather than the original master plan vision for three buildings.