IT ALL BEGINS IN RESEARCH LABORATORIES
University and government research laboratories are the playgrounds of the brilliant minds intent on making our world a better place. Our world is changing rapidly due to their breakthroughs in emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), nanotechnology, quantum computing, and more.
Groundbreaking research calls for state-of-the-art facilities. Discovery and development of future innovations can only take place in research laboratories that are designed to be nimble, keeping in mind the evolving needs of scientists from various disciplines. Architectural, engineering, operational, safety, and sustainability considerations are key to providing an environment conducive to scientific exploration.
To keep up with the ever-increasing pace of change, today’s labs must foster collaboration and be design for team-based research. There must be a balance of open and closed laboratories. These spaces must also accommodate smart communication systems and be easily adaptable for expansion and growth.
Kinetics has extensive experience designing and constructing research laboratory facilities for leading university and government organizations throughout the world. By leveraging our experience in facilities management for specialty markets, we provide insight on what’s needed for transferring technologies developed in lab conditions to volume manufacturing.
In addition to designing and building government and university research laboratories, Kinetics can also provide systems for chemical processing and process media distribution, as well as facility support equipment.
Our technical design teams bring distinct expertise to many types of specialized facilities related to:
- Medical Research
- Biological & Infectious Disease Research
- Photovoltaic & Alternative Energy Research
- Thin Film Material Development
Kinetics has applied its considerable knowledge and experience in advanced facilities to the following areas:
- Turnkey facility design & construction
- Advanced cleanroom & bio-containment technology
- Installation of process gas, chemical, and pure water systems
- Mechanical systems for all laboratory media
- HVAC systems
- Medium & low-voltage electrical & control systems
- Wastewater treatment systems
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.
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