FOLLOW RULES, EXCEED EXPECTATIONS: Kinetics shows how to turn university and government specs into higher performing facilities…
Unlike the design, build, and operation of private research labs, succeeding in an environment of public accountability is even more demanding. Over time and across the world, Kinetics has seen their approach pay big dividends when scrutiny is magnified to comply with an elevated need for transparency.
In the process, the company has illuminated seven principles that continue to gain the attention – and project funding – of major institutions as well as specialist government agencies: Each demonstrates the power of strategic planning, tempered by the realities of navigating complex organizations across fluctuating funding cycles.
Principle #1: UNDERSTAND THE PROCESS – AND PITFALLS – BEFORE STARTING. Inexperienced designers and contractors toggle between unbridled optimism and crippling skepticism during what can become a protracted process. Even before ground is broken. A more tempered, helpful outlook balances objectivity with a belief in the company’s capabilities.
Principle #2: FACTOR IN SECONDARY AND TIERTIARY APPROVALS. Oversight often extends beyond the organization to a plethora of regulatory agencies that may reach to the municipal level. As such, the journeys to “yes” include a multiplying list of not nows, maybes, and yes ifs, vall of which require patience along with perseverance. This needs to be considered when making budget and timetable commitments.
Principle #3: ACCOUNT FOR CHANGES IN TECHNOLOGY DURING THE BUILD AND BEYOND. Less-informed designers, contractors, and system suppliers view the university or government lab as a more stable, static enterprise. Even if the facility’s goals remain unaltered, the technical, regulatory, environmental, and competitive landscape will often change 15%-25% before the ribbon cutting. And keep doing so.
Principle #4: GO MODULAR WHEN IT MAKES SENSE. Many stages and steps in research and trial manufacturing benefit from upgrades on a sub-system or module basis. Without replumbing or rewiring an entire facility, there’s likely going to be room for unanticipated improvement including savings both on materials and labor: Wise design allows for plug-and-play upgrades as budgets will permit.
Principle #5: ENGINEER AND EQUIP FOR ADAPTABILITY. Administrations and their priorities shift over time based upon goals, funding, and the capabilities resident in the wider system (beyond any one facility). While every location can’t be completely modular, the capacity for new studies, materials, chemistry and processes needs to part of both the dialogue and design.
Principle #6: ANTICIPATE ESCALATING OVERSIGHT. Should budgets become more constrained or environmental and ethical discussions mushroom, both system controls and documentation become even more important. Record keeping must adapt big-data thinking from the start, even if deeper analysis and trouble-shooting is still months or years away.
Principle #7: NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE PASSION CONNECTED WITH THE PROJECT. University and government researchers, as with their commercial peers, are out to make a mark for their institutions. The pursuit of progress, validated by their public onlookers, is every bit as powerful as that attached to business-driven projects. Wise consultants and suppliers support this drive for elevated, consistent, and repeatable outcomes.
Kinetics continues to apply rigor to projects around the world, including facilities focused on a) medical research, b) biological and infectious disease research, c) nanotechnology, and d) photovoltaic and alternative energy research as well as e) thin film material development. From turnkey design all the way to wastewater treatment systems, the company is recognized for results that put safety first.
To learn more about the company’s experience in university and government settings, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Now is the time to see how following rules is the starting point for exceeding expectations.