The Laboratory of the Half Century (aka Lab2050) is an initiative SmithGroupJJR embarked on to dig deep into the scientific trends, new technologies and economics that will shape the design concepts of research laboratory environments in the coming decades. To study these challenges, LAB2050 is divided into six sub-categories focused on common themes often discussed in today’s research environment. Those are technology; collaboration that innovates; synergy; funding and partnerships; energy and sustainability; and planning and design. This iniative was executed alongside our trusted advisors
from top research organizations, including Stanford University, University of Michigan, Dow Chemical and National Renewable Energy Laboratory, to name a few.
As we explored these themes and consolidated the findings of our collaborations, ten key takeaways were determined, which are outlined in the attached paper. Although we anticipate that they will change and flux over time, we continue to plan and design 40 to 60 year buildings on a daily basis. It is important to constantly consider how advanced facility design will respond to the future technological and user needs outlined in our findings.
2016 Laboratory of the Year
The ECE Building was recently named R&D Magazine's 2016 Laboratory of the Year, which recognizes excellence in research laboratory, design, planning and construction.
NREL ESIF was recently named R&D Magazine's 2014 Laboratory of the Year, which recognizes the best new and renovated laboratories that combine all aspects of the building into a superior working environment.