Labs & Research Facilities Summit 2020

November 17, 2020

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Labs and research facilities have some of the most stringent building product requirements due to the nature of their business. University science facilities, national labs, R&D facilities and hospital labs, all have the common goal of building and maintaining the highest quality spaces.

The Labs and Research Facilities Summit brings together the heads of capital planning and facilities from the largest science facilities in the US. It is an invitation-only conference providing a relaxed and intimate platform for knowledge exchange, collaborating on best practices and exploring the most innovative solutions for your spaces.

Labs and Research Facilities Summit has transformed the executive conference experience. Unlike other industry events, this conference is smaller in nature and allows you the real opportunity to build solid relationships and partnerships. The all-inclusive summit provides an intimate setting and creates a highly effective channel for true collaboration.

Collaborate with your peers. Make information actionable.

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Current as of November 16, 2020

Scheduled times are all EST


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Welcome & Opening Remarks



Emerging Trends in Laboratory Design

Robert DeGenova, Senior Laboratory Planner, Flad Architects


Breakout Roundtables



Precision Airflow Control for Critical Spaces

Dave Rausch, Critical Environment Specialist, Phoenix Controls


Breakout Roundtables



Space Planning and Design for an Unknown Occupancy

David Dorsett, Director, Research Facilities, Texas Tech University


Breakout Roundtables



The Impact a Post COVID Era is Having on Trends and Safety in the Lab Specific to Work Surface Selection

Dawn Jacobs, National Sales Manager, Laboratory, FunderMax North America Inc.



Lab Productivity: Using Science to Design a Lab

Chris Ertl, Architect, Principal, The Clark Enersen Partners



The Future of Lab Design – Transforming the Research Environment

Tom Smith, Design Director, Education | Science | Technology, HDR, Inc.


Closing Remarks & Close of Conference

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa

1 user/pass
Lab Architect/Designer Complimentary*
Hospital/Healthcare System Complimentary*
Manufacturers/Solution Providers $349

*Subject to Opal Group’s verification and approval. Only individuals who are employees of laboratories within the following areas qualify for a complimentary pass: Facilities Management, Maintenance, Buildings Support, Construction, Campus Planning/Services, Operations, or Architects of Lab Planning. Practitioners and executives representing solution provider organizations must register as a sponsor attendee.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Labs & Research Facilities Summit is currently seeking solution providers to present case studies and share cutting edge solutions. Learn more about sponsored thought leadership opportunities by contacting
  • Adaptability for Ever-Changing Research Needs
  • Design Innovation
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Security & Biometrics
  • Design Flow
  • Temperature Control Rooms
  • Vibration Control
  • Reducing Energy Costs
  • Renovations & Modernizations
  • Shared Spaces
  • Material Transparency
  • Facility Accessibility
  • End-User Needs & Expectations
  • …And much more to be announced!

Attendees have requested to meet with companies in the following categories:

  • Acoustical
  • Air Flow Controls
  • Animal Housing-Vivaria
  • Aquatic Housing Systems
  • Architectural Design
  • Asset Management
  • Biocontainment Facilities
  • Building Commissioning
  • Building Controls
  • Building Controls-Systems
  • Building Systems
  • Casework
  • Civil Engineering
  • Cleanrooms
  • Construction Management
  • Cost Estimating
  • Design Build
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Energy Management
  • Environmental
  • Ergonomics
  • Facilities Management
  • Fume Hoods
  • Furniture And Fixtures
  • HVAC
  • Interior Design
  • Interior Finishes
  • Laboratory Safety
  • Landscape-Landscape Design
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Systems
  • Mechanical-Electrical-Plumbing
  • Monitoring Systems
  • Nanotechnology Labs
  • Space-Asset Utilization
  • Structural Engineering
  • Technologies And Systems
  • Ventilated Containment Systems
  • Ventilation Systems
  • Vivarium
  • Wind Engineer

    I really enjoyed the presentations as well as the info we received from the vendors. It’s always great to get around like-minded people and see if there are ways to maximize efficiency. Operations Project Manager | Design & Construction Assistant Project Manager,

    Houston Methodist Research Institute

    This was a very informative and educational event. Great networking opportunity. Director of Research Facilities,

    Texas Tech University

    So far the best of these types of events I’ve attended. Great, relevant speakers. Perfect size event. Executive Director, Facilities, Design & Construction,

    City of Hope