I had the opportunity to present to the Trespa Scientific Surface Solutions Division at their Global Sales Conference in Barcelona, Spain on June 14, 2017. With representation from China, India, Europe and the US, my presentation focused on laboratory trends and primarily on how the US design and construction markets operate, especially with the role of the lab planner, which is quite different across other continents.
The traditional design phases often experience challenges with siloed roles, especially with highly-detailed and technical projects, such as laboratories. To mitigate these challenges, I stressed the importance of whole-team integration early in the project and for the project’s duration. This is especially true for the lab planner, who should be involved on some level throughout the entire project, ensuring they have that consistency of not only information, but also for the actual implementation.
We discussed challenges the Trespa sales team faced in their respective countries, especially if there were not architects who understood the specific needs of laboratories and clients who designed buildings for general uses and later decided to construct a lab within the building's shell. This led to the trends and future of labs, which are all about flexibility of both the configuration and the utility services. It was eye opening for all to understand how projects are designed and constructed in these various markets, as well as the unique challenges we all face. It truly uncovered the value of the lab planner role.
We also dove deeper into the US market to discuss how various design firms operate. For instances, Array focuses on a process-driven, lean-led approach to design and projects. A firm’s goal should be to provide the best value for their clients, including understanding their current challenges and proper integration of key team members on technical areas (or projects). If done well, this helps streamline the project and workflow and can often save money operationally.
Overall, this opportunity was incredibly beneficial for all to better understand the ever-changing laboratory and construction markets as well as how we in the industry can add value.
For more information, feel free to read my presentation below.
Blog authored by Kristy Venrick, former laboratory planner with Array.