Glass Laboratories: Shedding Light on R&D Greenhouse Design

Join Chris Small on April 25th at the 2017 Laboratory Design Conference to explore the unique design of research and development greenhouses.

Glass Laboratories: Shedding Light on R&D Greenhouse Design
Lab Design Conference 
Raleigh, NC
Tuesday, April 25, 10:10 - 11:00 am

Lab Tours: Bayer CropScience Greenhouses 1, 5, and 6
Lab Design Conference
Raleigh, NC
Wednesday, April 26, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm


“Glass laboratories” – better known as greenhouses – are facing the challenges of plant-based research head on, supporting leading scientists as they explore agricultural and pharmaceutical advances. The unique design requirements of these high tech spaces range from biosafety levels to cross contamination prevention, and often center around interpretation between USDA and FDA regulations.

Most importantly, the research housed within glass labs has the potential to meaningfully impact human health around the world. In the agricultural industry, researchers are exploring solutions to global hunger concerns associated with a growing population, drought, and plant disease resistance. In the pharmaceutical industry, advances involving plant-based research help to create vaccines for infections like the pandemic flu and Ebola. The greenhouse laboratory environments in which this critical research takes place are on the cutting-edge of lab design.

Research Triangle Park, NC has created an environment of rapid growth and world-class innovation for the agriculture biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, leveraging a uniquely skilled workforce and collaboration with leading research institutions including NC State, Duke, and UNC Chapel Hill. In partnership with our clients, Clark Nexsen has designed many state-of-the-art research and production greenhouse facilities to meet this demand and support continued growth. In “Glass Laboratories,” Clark Nexsen’s Chris Small will present the challenges that arise in designing R&D greenhouses while maintaining laboratory standards such as biosafety level, cross contamination prevention, high rate of air changes, and environmental consistency.


Chris Small, PE, LEED AP, is a project manager and engineer who specializes in the design and management of science + technology sector projects. He has worked with clients in industries including agricultural technology, pharmaceutical, higher education, and industrial. To speak with Chris, please call 919.828.1876 or email csmall@clarknexsen.com.