Nowadays, clinical laboratories come in endless shapes, sizes and configurations, and whether you’re seeking to retrofit an existing lab with commercial furniture like laboratory tables, chairs etc. to bring it up to speed—or you’re on the ground floor of a laboratory that is currently still in the planning stages—you’re concerned about details that your predecessors never dreamed of decades ago. This ebook is about some laboratory specific trends that one should know about for 2017 and beyond.
<p>12 Laboratory-Specific Trends You Should Know About for 2017
We don’t have to tell you that clinical laboratories come in endless shapes, sizes and
configurations, and whether you’re seeking to retrofit an existing lab with commercial
furniture to bring it up to speed—or you’re on the ground floor of a laboratory that is
currently still in the planning stages—you’re concerned about details that your
predecessors never dreamed of decades ago.
It’s no longer just about maximizing a finite amount of space or making sure there’s
enough storage and safety measures in place to handle projects. You are likely also being
asked to be clairvoyant: to see into the future as you outfit or retrofit your laboratory.
To assist you in making sure that your laboratory is ready for the future, we’ve identified
some of the biggest trends currently making the rounds of companies, organizations and
institutions, winnowing down the list to 15 trends you should know about. We invite you
to use this list to your advantage as you go about the laborious job of creating your vision
of tomorrow’s facility.
Trend #1: Move to an open-plan design
In the past, laboratories were designed to suit compartmentalized staff; mini-teams
worked on specific responsibilities in separate environments that were often isolated work
pockets devoted to unique tasks. As a result, institutions seeking to refurbish antiquated
layouts by removing barriers are now seeking to modernize by creating the wave of the
future: open-plan designs filled with industrial furniture that promotes cross-team work
sharing, interaction, cooperation and teamwork.
Wide-open lab spaces aren’t just trending—they’re proving to be essential for lab
managers and supervisors who have already identified integrated job management as a
priority, including the necessity of undertaking major renovations to upgrade power,
plumbing and communication advances in accordance with new laws and industry
regulations. Moving to an open-plan design means that future c