Life Sciences Buildings and Trends
Cheong Eng Gan and Liu
Yang, National University of Singapore
New changes in services for the modern world require new types
of buildings to house their production. In the design, construction
and maintenance of these buildings, the issue of requirements continues
to be the main consideration.
The proliferation of Life Sciences in the 21st century is claiming
it to be the dominant science. Known as the science of life, Life
Sciences is capable of bringing immense benefits to mankind. Results
from Life Sciences research are being felt in increasing areas.
These major developments have resulted in a global trend in developing
the Life Sciences industry. As a result, more buildings and spaces
for Life Sciences research will be constructed or renovated in
response to surging enrollments in these studies.
A life science research building requires specialized construction
and service elements to provide and create the right facility and
environment for state of art operations. It houses specialized
laboratories that are purposely constructed with customized environment
and equipped with special facilities to facilitate high end investigation
into the various aspects of biological life. As the Life Sciences
building begin to emerge as a building type, people wonder what
a Life Sciences building is and what kinds of facilities it should
This paper is to initiate the study into this new type of building
namely, life sciences buildings. It identifies emerging trends
in Life Sciences buildings and their characteristics. It also examines
the usage of space in these buildings.
Cheong Eng Gan has a B.Sc (Building)
from the University of Singapore, a MBM from the Asian Institute
of Management and a Phd from the National University of Singapore.
He has worked in the construction industry as project consultant
and tertiary institution as faculty member in Singapore and Asia.
He has 25 years of research and industrial experience in large
and specialized development projects.
Cheong Eng Gan is currently employed by the Department of Building,
School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore
as Associate Professor. He leads the research group investigating
on life cycle and costing of specialized buildings and elements.
This group concentrates on new building technology and its applications.
Current work in collaboration with professional and commercial
organizations includes applications to high technology buildings
and their performances.
Liu Yang has a Bachelor
of Civil Engineering and a Bachelor of International Finance from
the Shanghai Jiao Tong University and she is pursing a postgraduate
research degree in M.Sc.(Building) in National University of Singapore
(NUS) now. She has 5 years of work experience in project budgeting
and management in Shanghai Hua Hong NEC electronics Co., Ltd and
its predecessor Shanghai Hua Hong Microelectronics Co., Ltd. in
Miss Yang has been a research student in Dept. of Building, NUS
for one year. Now she has completed her course study and is researching
into the topic on life cycle costing for cleanrooms as her graduate
thesis. From last October, she has been participating in an on-going
research project: Life cycle costing of High Technology Building:
Case of Life Science Research Building, which is sponsored by NUS,
icfox (Singapore) and Davis Langdon & Seah.