Labs & Research Facilities Summit 2020

November 17, 2020

26 days left

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 October 19, 2020




Site Tour: Lee Health Coconut Point

Led by

Dave Kistel, Vice President Facilities, Lee Health


Welcome Cocktail Reception


Sponsored by

Antec Controls by Price


Keynote: Designs on the Future


David Zach, Futurist


Dinner Reception


Itinerary Pick-Up & Breakfast


The Blurring Lines Between Health and Science

Dave Kistel, Vice President Facilities, Lee Health

Jodi Mulcahy, Director of Strategy, Flad Architects

Jeff Raasch, Principal, Flad Architects

Laura Stillman, Principal, National Healthcare Practice Leader, Flad Architects


One-on-One Meetings


Metrics and Utilization of Space

Robert Britton, Director, Research Facilities, Auburn University


One-on-One Meetings




Space Planning for End-User Needs & Expectations


David Dorsett, Director, Research Facilities, Texas Tech University


One-on-One Meetings


Stakeholder Buy-In

Christine O’Connell, Senior Director, Laboratory Research Operations, Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute


Designing for Growth & Change

Derek Metson, Principal, Greenbox Architecture


One-on-One Meetings


Dinner Reception




Modernizing Older Infrastructure with New Technologies


Tom Daniels, Associate Laboratory Director, Facilities and Operations, Brookhaven National Laboratory


One-on-One Meetings


Efficient Space Utilization of Aging Infrastructure

Mary Jo Spector, Director, Research Facilities Design, Construction and Maintenance, Florida State University


Working Luncheon & Roundtables

1. Cost Effective Strategies to Design Flexible MEP Systems

2. Increasing Efficiencies with Technolog

3. Addressing Rising Construction Costs

4. Facility Accessibility


Close of Summit

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa

1 user/pass
Hospital/Healthcare System Complimentary*
Lab Architect/Designer 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