Event Date/Time: Apr 18, 2005 End Date/Time: Apr 19, 2005
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Whether you’re pushing to increase lab building utilization, get more lab building construction (or renovation) for your money, solve the design vs. constructability and operability problem, or all three -- don’t sign off on anything until you see the new cost-effective plans on the drawing boards and learn what’s working and what’s not. Two days at this conference will save your institution millions of dollars in new options discovered and big mistakes avoided.

ISSUE: Strategic planning for research facilities is back in style. The issue is ASSET UTILIZATION. Plan for it. Learn here the metrics and strategies that major research organizations are using to get more use out of what they have before considering new construction.

ISSUE: Significantly reducing the construction cost of research buildings is a serious top management objective. Plan for it. Learn here how construction costs are being cut by 15% or more through better programming management, improved contracting methods, and the avoidance of over design.

ISSUE: Flexibility is still a top planning issue, and it is paying off. Plan for it. Flexibility as an issue continues to grow in importance, and here you’ll see how it is now being achieved cost-effectively through open-plan labs, innovative casework systems, and rationalized utility infrastructure designs.

ISSUE: High-end design for lab buildings is growing in popularity. But it brings with it both technical and management project challenges. Plan for it. Here you’ll learn what those challenges are, the lessons learned, and the success formulas.

ISSUE: Multi-tenant, multi-discipline, multi-space-type research buildings are now the standard. Plan for it. Learn here how the “multi” project and building feature, which is normally a cost-raiser, is being achieved with little or no cost premium.

ISSUE: New types of instruments are showing up in lab buildings. Plan for it. Learn here how others are addressing the proliferation of in-lab equipment as well as the “big machines.”

ISSUE: Big breakthroughs are underway for lab operating costs. Plan for it. Learn here about the latest plans for low operating and maintenance costs, LEED™ planning concepts for labs that are taking hold and what moving beyond current “best practices” in energy-use entails.

Get ahead of the make-or-break project decisions on these issues. Attend this conference along with other members of your group (including your scientific user representatives, finance people, and key operating people who will have to run these buildings) and make this meeting an integral part of your 2005-2006 management plan.