Handbook on Facilities

Part 3: Spaces that Work

Facilities that support research, learning, and teaching in the science (STEM) fields are among the most complicated building types. This complexity reflects, in part, the many different kinds of spaces therein: common spaces for informal learning; labs for teaching and research; offices for faculty, staff, and perhaps students; stockrooms, equipment rooms, animal rooms, and more. Each of these spaces has unique requirements in regard to size, shape, and adjacencies, as well as technologies, lighting, and the like. The complexity of science facilities is also the product of the density and sophistication of equipment systems and services needed for the infrastructure of the building, as well as a result of the increasing odes and the need to provide graceful flexibility so that the spaces are agile enough to accomodate new ways of learning, new technologies, and new directions in science and technology.