Labs & Research Facilities Summit 2023

Philadelphia, PA
October 22, 2023 - October 24, 2023

269 days left

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

The Labs & Research Facilities Summit brings together the heads of capital planning and facilities from the largest labs and R&D 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 facilities.

Labs & 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.

The Summit Experience

Current as of October 18, 2022

1:00pm

Registration Opens

2:00pm

Tour – Caltech

5:30pm

Welcome Cocktail Reception

6:30pm

Opening Session

Joe Way, PhD, CTS, Director, Learning Environments, Information Technology
Services, University of Southern California

7:30pm

Dinner Reception

7:15am

Itinerary Pick-Up & Breakfast

8:00am

Leadership Strategies & Staff Efficiency

8:50am

One-on-One Meetings & Refreshments

10:25am

Trending Issues in Lab Facility Design

Leslie Gartner, FAIA, RIBA, RAIC, Senior Vice President, Science + Technology Design, WSP

11:05am

One-on-One Meetings

12:35pm

Luncheon

1:35pm

Strategy Planning for Staff & Resources Throughout the Design & Construction Process

Christine O’Connell, Director of Operations, Moffit Cancer Center

2:10pm

Wet Laboratory Design and Programming Trends for the “Whole Student”

Leandra Davis, Senior Director of Planning | Design | Construction, University of Pennsylvania

2:45pm

One-on-One Meetings & Refreshments

3:50pm

Doing More with Less – Finding Efficiencies and Better Processes to Accomplish Tasks

Daniel T. Okoli, - Chief Operating Officer, Planning & Development, University of California, Merced

4:25pm

Panel: Design Intent & Planning for Growth through the Lens of Lessons Learned

Pilar Illueca, Executive Director of Design & Construction, University of Miami

Ed McArthur, Vice President Facilities Planning & Capital Project Management, Columbia University

Tobi Anne Walsh, Assistant Vice President, Capital Strategy & Planning, George Mason University

Moderator

Tom Ertler, Chief Creative Officer, Miller Zell

5:00pm

One-on-One Meetings & Happy Hour

6:45pm

Dinner

8:00am

Breakfast

8:30am

Designing Healthy Environments for Life Sciences

Marilee Lloyd, Associate, Lab Planner, HED

9:20am

One-on-One Meetings & Refreshments

10:55am

Design Standardization – A Valuable Tool for Owners and End Users

Holly Jordan, FCSI, CCS, SCIP, LEED AP BD+C Associate Principal, North American Director of Specifications, Perkins&Will

11:45am

Roundtables & Working Lunch

Phasing and Planning Insights for Modernizing Classrooms

Downtown Partnerships: Connecting City and School for Mutual Benefits

Methods of Getting Dollars out of Donors

Sustainability & Eco-friendly Spaces

How Planning & Design is Used as a Recruitment Tool

12:45pm

Close of Program

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The Labs & Research Facilities Summit is an invitation-only meeting for the directors of research, facilities and design from the largest labs and research facilities in the nation. Registrations are complimentary for qualified participants and include 2 nights of accommodations, meals, networking functions and participation in the full conference program. Solution providers are able to attend through sponsorship with a limit of two companies per category.

We welcome lab administrators and solution providers to be involved. To learn more about participating, please contact summits@opalgroup.net
  • 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