We all know the old saying: “Failure to plan is planning to fail.” When you’re getting ready to invest in new lab space, the failure to plan can turn into expensive cost overruns.
A good checklist is a vital planning aid. Lab Design News has developed a space planning checklist to help determine your spatial requirements, including:
- Current and future headcounts
- Existing equipment inventory and future purchases
- Venting and mechanical needs
- Clean room requirements
Another way to guard against planning failures is to build flexibility into your space plan. Modular casework is a highly effective hedge against unanticipated demands on lab space. These cabinets can be reconfigured in dozens of ways, saving the cost of expensive new casework. This video demonstrates how one institution used modular casework to adapt to new space plans.
Plan ahead, avoid costly surprises, and talk to a storage specialist about maximizing flexibility in your casework design.
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