New interdisciplinary research facility planning data is surfacing after several years of operational experience, and this session coalesces the new workplace benchmarks and metrics that may be critical to future projects. Joe Popp, Alissa McFarland and Punit Jain will demonstrate programming, design and operational metrics, data and benchmarks that promise robust workplace communications, improved face-time among disciplines, increased sharing of scientific tools, and faster speed-to-market research findings.

Projects included in the presentation are Towson University’s New Science Center and Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research. They illustrate the effects of space type diversity within interdisciplinary environments have on strategic planning, programming and design and they compare allocation metrics across a variety of scientific programs.