Entrepreneur Quarterly (EQ) STL has published a new article from Teresa Bridges entitled, “Accelerating Innovation in the Workplace? Learn from Education, Science and Dingy Garages.” The article focuses on how companies looking to create spaces that inspire innovation may be best served to look to other industries for ideas and inspiration. Specifically, the article looks at our firm’s work with the Missouri State O’Reilly Clinical Health Sciences Center, University of Utah, Lassonde Studios and the Roche Diagnostics HQ as examples for inspiration.
Below is a brief excerpt and the full article can be read online.
On the need to prepare for anything
One undeniable truth is that whether organizations create it on their own or not, innovation is constant. New technologies, services and processes are always introducing new market pressures and realities organizations must accommodate. In the hyper-competitive world of business, inability to adapt can often lead to obsolescence.
Several science and healthcare organizations are ahead of the curve when it comes to planning for this constant change by leveraging a “universal grid” approach in their facility design. Facilities designed with the universal grid – an optimum set of vertical and horizontal dimensions – have proved almost infinitely adaptable to changes in science, technology, and/or medical practice over time.
Similarly, the Lassonde Studios project is designed on a flexible grid system that empowers the university to reconfigure rooms and expand the garage as students’ needs change. “Our goal is five years after (Lassonde Studios) opens, that it’ll be an entirely different-looking building,” said Troy D’Ambrosio, executive director of the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute.