The Economics of Lab Design – 7 Things You Need to Know

It’s not every day that scientists, teachers, academics and commercial researchers get the great news that new funds are coming their way. Or better yet, that the building of a new lab or a complete renovation of an existing facility has been approved. Unfortunately, once the elation has worn off, the real work begins – including drawing up an accurate and reliable schedule of costs.

Given Beryl Labs’ vast experience in this specialist field, we can hardly overemphasise the vital importance of understanding all the necessary expenditures, timelines and construction challenges involved in a successful project. With this in mind, we’d like highlight a few considerations that are fundamental to embarking on a project that’ll answer to your objectives.

  1. Start with the science – the guiding principle behind the build/renovation is, naturally, your research or teaching goals. In this sense, form definitely follows function, and the adequate conveyance of your exact aims to the design team will lead to less design time, a solid build-cost estimate and fewer costly plan alterations once the construction process is underway.
  2. Know your equipment requirements and research prices – finding out that you’ve overlooked even relatively small equipment necessities will inflate the project’s end-cost. This could have disastrous consequences.
  3. Know your furniture needs – your staff make the magic happen, and they need to have the correct service supplies at benches and other work areas. Something that slightly complicates the matter is that you also have to contemplate and predict future functions of the lab. A construction that can be adapted to evolving demands is always desirable.
  4. The ergonomic efficiency of the lab is paramount, but non-lab areas for your staff are important, too. A pleasant working environment is key to productivity and healthy attitudes. Moreover, this could attract desirable future employees.
  5. Find out what built environment professional teams offer in terms of expertise and the fees they charge. Being specialists, we have to point out that an expert team with the correct experience and knowledge should be able to pre-empt your needs and provide valuable insight at all stages of the build/renovation.
  6. Know construction timelines and understand the costs involved in lost productivity – this includes shutdowns, interruptions to workflows in labs that must remain active during a renovation, and the costs of temporary relocation if applicable.
  7. With the above information firmly in hand, re-evaluate your priorities if you’re coming in over budget. If you’ve opted for a new build but aren’t making ends meet, renovations usually cost less, making it an avenue that may yield a better result.

This all may sound like a headache and an immense amount of hard work, but labs can quite easily have a life-cycle of 15 to 20 years – meaning that achieving the best possible result is absolutely imperative. For further information or some helpful guidance to get you started, get in touch with Beryl Labs [link to contact page] and speak to the experts.