Foundations for Planning: Spaces That Work

Facilities that support research and teaching in the sciences are among the most complicated building types. The complexity of planning useful spaces for doing science reflects the many different kinds of spaces involved as well as the increasing need for future flexibility. Designers must attempt to build facilities that provide spaces for labs, offices, stockrooms, equipment rooms, animal rooms, greenhouses and tissue culture room. In addition they need to create spaces which will adequately provide for future changes in science and the teaching of science. Facilities must reflect those same ideals on which the scientific community rests-honesty, impartiality, openness- to provide safe and flexible spaces to do science as scientists do science. By carefully considering how individual offices, classrooms, laboratories, community spaces, and pieces of equipment will serve their assigned purpose, planners can create spaces for science that work.