Triple bottom line. Image: Net ImpactLab owners are challenged to create new research environments with shrinking available budgets and resources. Nowadays, lab designers must consider the triple bottom line (people, planet and profit), all within the same budgetary constraints.

Cost-driven owners expect flexibility, efficiency and robust utility/engineering systems; yet are risk-averse and expect facilities to meet their vision and business objectives.

Incorporating initial and ongoing cost models will result in informed decisions from planning through design, construction and occupancy. Through the use of a dashboard, cost models can be quickly analyzed and build consensus with the owner’s steering team. The dashboard provides a dynamic response to “what-if” scenarios by the decision-makers quickly, so that a more in-depth focused direction can be quickly pursued.


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Sample S+T lab dashboard. Image: Mark Paskanik, CRB  


“The top 10 triple bottom line (people, planet and profit) identifies practical strategies to make your project successful from the visioning planning phase all the way through operations and facility lifecycle,” said Nick Caronna.

The top 10 triple bottom line for lab design will help owners understand quick decision-making via a cost modeling dashboard, cost-efficient lab design and strategies for reduced carbon footprint and includes providing more science into less space, reduced utility usage and consumption and incorporation of workplace strategies within labs.

“Ultimately, it comes down to balance,” said Mark Paskanik. “The triple bottom line is a balance between the people we can help, the profit we can earn, and the planet we can improve.”

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Nick Caronna, CRB Director of Science + Technology, has more than 34 years of experience serving the private and public sectors as Principal, Senior Project Manager and Senior Mechanical Engineer. Mark Paskanik, CRB Senior Architect & Lab Planner, has more than 17 years of experience programming, planning and designing research facilities worldwide.

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