There are many items to consider when planning to renovate or make improvements to your laboratory or technical facility; these considerations go beyond the finished product and visualizing a new facility. And, while the result is significant, how you get there is even more critical.
Identifying your purpose and goals of the facility, what currently works and doesn’t work, and any planned future use are all imperative to creating a properly functioning facility.
Taking a closer look at your reasons for renovating or improving your laboratory or technical facility can serve as a guide in the decision-making process. Answering questions like these can help identify your desired outcome:
- How can we expand our presence in the marketplace?
- How can we ensure maximum facility functionality?
- What are your plans for the facility?
- How can we meet developing educational goals?
Evaluating the processes in your facility will help further identify current needs and should also address potential future needs. These future needs can be planned now to save you time, money, and the inconvenience of future demolition.
Contemplate whether you intend to add a new workstation or fume hood, or install process piping for specialty gases. These items may not be in the current budget, however installing additional electrical outlets, planning for future process piping connections, and HVAC needs prove highly beneficial. Think about the inconvenience and demolition you can avoid by planning now.
Another essential step is acquiring feedback from current facility end-users as they can provide valuable insight into what works and what does not work. Frequently the end-users working in the current environment are the key when it comes to effectively planning the flow within your laboratory environment. Proper facility layout ensures efficient workspace and workflow, ensures the end-users have everything they need to perform their job, resulting in a productive facility.
If you need help sorting through and organizing the details of your next project, connect with us to discover how we can help.