Creating Community + Connectivity in Lab Design

Join Don Kranbuehl and Pat O’Keefe on April 25th at the 2017 Laboratory Design Conference to explore strategies that maximize tight S+T budgets, work within rapid construction schedules, and deliver facilities that foster collaboration and community.

Creating Community + Connectivity in Lab Design
Lab Design Conference 
Raleigh, NC
Tuesday, April 25, 1:30 - 2:20 pm

In the world of science and technology, clients and designers face distinct and potentially contradictory challenges – both want to create world-class, cutting-edge lab facilities reflecting the best of modern workplace design – but clients also need rapid delivery and low cost. How do we work together to overcome those challenges and create successful, vibrant research facilities?

By leveraging an iterative, multi-faceted design approach, design teams can create environments that respond to site, demonstrate resiliency, and foster a sense of community amongst scientists. Central to this approach is the need to maximize connections – those between researchers, between indoor and outdoor spaces, and between researchers and clients or the public.

The most significant challenges facing science and technology clients today center around the battle to recruit and retain top research talent – and to place those researchers in collaborative settings that foster innovation. Building programming must promote synergistic, multidisciplinary interaction while providing flexibility for the future. To meet these challenges without sacrificing design quality, design teams must emphasize circulation, the layout of lab functions, and the accessibility of meeting and work spaces and explore cost-effective materials and building systems.

Don Kranbuehl, AIA, PE, LEED AP BD+C is a senior architect and associate principal with more than 16 years of design and management experience with an emphasis on the higher education and science + technology sectors. To speak with Don, please call 919.828.1876 or email

Pat O’Keefe, AIA, LEED AP BD+C leads our Science + Technology practice and is responsible for strategic growth and project leadership. His emphasis on exceptional client service is a key driver of our successful design process. To learn more about our S+T practice or to speak with Pat, please call 919.828.1876 or email