Productivity and Sustainability: The Perfect Match

David Miller, BSA LifeStructures
Kay Townsend, BSA LifeStructures

Not all labs are created equal. Why do some research facilities produce more patents? Others have greater throughput given the same space and time. The latest research confirms that productivity in the laboratory is largely dependent upon sustainable design principles.

Whether the lab is for research, testing or teaching, operating at optimal performance is the goal for any lab. The presentation will start with a brief overview of productivity metrics that are translatable to various laboratory types. Numerous sustainable design principles and features that optimize metrics and maximize lab productivity will be presented. Each strategy will cite recent workplace studies and include examples from recent laboratory work. Finally, a case study of a just-completed research facility that incorporates sustainable/productive design features will be discussed.

Learning Objectives

  • Be able to illustrate and defend the return on investment of sustainable, human-centric design;
  • Learn the connections between productivity and sustainable strategies;
  • Understand how lab productivity is measured; and
  • Appreciate the importance of designing for human productivity.


David Miller, national discovery market leader, BSA LifeStructures, brings more than 25 years of experience of architectural programming, project management and a wide range of planning services. With a focus on productivity in laboratories, his science + technology experience includes laboratories for teaching, testing, and research for public and private sector clients throughout the United States.

Kay Townsend, laboratory planner, BSA LifeStructures, enjoys researching the new methodologies and technologies of laboratory design and how she can implement these findings into state-of-the-art spaces for her clients. She values learning from her clients and users, as well as what she can teach them about new ways to transform their environments.


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