Labs & Research Facilities Summit 2023

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

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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, 2023

1:00 pm

Registration Opens

2:00 pm

Explore Philadelphia


Located just steps from Reading Terminal Market, Independence Hall and Fashion District Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown near the Fashion District of Philadelphia places the best of Center City at your doorstep.

5:30 pm

Welcome Cocktail Reception

6:30 pm

Opening Keynote

Presented by

Mike Richter, President, Brightcore Energy, and former Professional Ice Hockey Player, NHL® All-Star, Stanley Cup® Champion, & Olympic Medalist

7:30 pm

Dinner Reception

7:15 am

Itinerary Pick-Up & Breakfast

8:00 am

Leadership Strategies for Recruitment, Staff Efficiency, & Talent Management

Presented by

Thomas Morrison, Vice President, Capital Planning & Facilities, Indiana University

8:50 am

One-on-One Meetings & Refreshments

10:25 am

How Life Sciences Can Be More Sustainable and Resilient

Presented by

Don Kranbuehl, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, Clark Nexsen

11:00 am

One-on-One Meetings

12:30 pm


1:35 pm

Plan for Aging Buildings

Presented by

Steve Warshaw, CEO, Intellis

2:20 pm

Revitalizing Labs to be More Adaptable Spaces

Marilee Lloyd, Associate Principal | National Laboratory Planning Leader, HED

2:55 pm

One-on-One Meetings & Refreshments

4:00 pm

{Cancelled} LEAN Laboratory Management

Presented by

Roy Sorensen, Senior Laboratory Director, Method Testing Labs

4:30 pm

Seeding Success: Lab Planning, Collaborative Research and Public/Private Partnership in Crop Experimentation

Presented by

Anisha Kothari, Principal, Lab Planner, HDR

Trevor Lamb, Senior Project Manager, HDR

Chris Wilson, Engineering Project Manager, Agricultural Research Services, USDA

5:05 pm

One-on-One Meetings & Happy Hour

7:00 pm


7:30 am


8:00 am

Business Continuity in the Event of an Emergency

Presented by

Ruth Bennett, Senior Director, Capital Programs, Tufts University

8:45 am

Owner’s and Master Specs and Design Guidelines

Presented by

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

9:20 am

One-on-One Meetings & Refreshments

10:55 am

Brainstorm Session Roundtables

11:45 am


12:30 pm

Tour of the University of Pennsylvania

3:00 pm

Close of Program

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Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
1201 Market Street, (Guest Entrance at 1200 Filbert St.)., Philadelphia, PA, USA, 19107

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
  • How Life Sciences Can Be More Sustainable and Resilient
  • Space Utilization: Open/Flex Labs vs. Traditional Design
  • Facility Repurpose and Reuse
  • Managing Expectations and Budgets with Increased Costs
  • Flexible Spaces with the Option to go Between Wet & Dry Lab
  • Revitalizing Lab Spaces to Use as a Recruitment Tool
  • Business Continuity in the Event of an Emergency
  • A Researcher’s Needs and the Translation to the Design Team
  • Leadership Strategies, Staff Efficiency, and Recruitment for Lab Design
  • Creating & Operating Energy Efficient Labs

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