Keeping up with the advancements in lab technology also means keeping up with lab design and furniture trends. As the way we work changes, so do the spaces we work in. Building a lab with the most up to date equipment and layouts will help you stay at the forefront of research.
With more and more labs turning to collaborative research projects, having flexible furniture is a must. Tables and chairs that can be moved around the room help to create a space that works for collaborating. Spaces that serve multiple purposes add a lot of value to your lab. When you can move an island around, or have one large enough for more than one person to work at, you increase the function of your space. Additionally, plug and play services are a great option for flex labs, because they can be easily connected and disconnected.
Keeping your space environmentally friendly and energy efficient is important. The latest designs in fume hoods require less energy to complete the same task. Green lab spaces often include stainless steel countertops and casework, because they last longer. The less often they need to be replaced, the more eco-friendly they are! Learn more about what it takes to be a LEED Certified building from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Utilizing 3D design capabilities before construction is a growing trend for lab design. The latest updates in technology allow you to see every aspect of your lab before construction begins. You can catch fit issues that could cause you to need to re-order cabinets. With Revit & BIM, a design engineer checks how your fume hoods fit in with your wiring, and how your cabinets open next to your workspaces.
Flexible seating options give your lab room to grow. Workbenches for labs come in a variety of styles. Lab seating and chairs are the most flexible part of your lab, because they can be rolled from one corner to another. Different styles, colors, and comfort options keep your lab on trend without breaking the bank.
The first step to designing your new lab space is to contact a Haldeman Homme, Inc. expert. They will ask you the right questions to know what kind of laboratory furniture and design will best suit the design you envision.