ZGF Partner Tim Williams and Architect Nicole Cooper will be speaking at the 2016 Tradeline Research Facilities Conference, which focuses on big shifts in plans, metrics, and models for labs, offices, cores, and support space. Tim and Nicole will be sharing the story of how they designed a two-phase high-performance laboratory project at the University of Washington to attract and equip top-tier researchers and students.
More specifically, they will analyze the building as a case study in how an institution can launch a flexible, open plan, collaborative work environment initiative and successfully bring together diverse groups of researchers from across the campus. The session will detail the Molecular and Nano Engineering & Sciences Building’s critical planning steps including end-user engagement, change management, and post-occupancy evaluation, and reveal results from the launch of the open offices, labs, lab support, and computational space. The session will identify what worked and what didn’t, and how Phase Two will be informed by issues identified in post occupancy interviews.