Designing effective laboratories is a complex process. Designers must meet the needs of the particular process, while allowing for future flexibility and changing needs. Developing an open workspace, serving the energy needs of the facility, accommodating state-of-the-art equipment and working within strict environmental guidelines are also challenges that must be met.
Shive-Hattery's industry team understands the complex nature of laboratories. We feel the key to success of any project is listening to our client. We use our experience to ask the right questions, enabling us to solicit ideas and opinions from those that will use, operate and maintain the facility or structure, and then help bring their ideas to fruition. We understand that every project has its unique requirements and that "everybody does it just a little bit differently." That's why we approach every task, whether it's developing a schedule with administration or laying out a workspace with a researcher, with an open mind, a willingness to listen and a commitment to investigate and evaluate viable opportunities and alternatives.
Through this interactive exchange of ideas, we are truly responsive to the individual needs of the project. Some of our most creative design solutions are the direct result of ideas generated by the users. When a lab is designed effectively, the facility will be ready to serve the fast-paced, competitive world of research, while maintaining safe conditions.