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Wednesday, December 8, 2021  |  8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Lab Results: Renovating & Redesigning both Space & Process

Tim Hurvitz
Associate Principal AIA, LEED AP BD+C, HED
Marilee Lloyd
Associate AIA, HED
Reid Rosehill
Lab Manager - Clinical Laboratories at UCSF Medical Center, UCSF
Sharon E. Woodworth
Associate Professor, University of California at San Francisco

This Case Study follows the various pathways of a Clinical Lab renovation from the original building designer, to a different architect responsible for updating the lab years later, followed by the director operating the renovated lab, and finally, the lessons learned from an usual coming together of all parties. The “before-after-during-after again” scenario highlights the value of investing in both design education for users and hands-on operational understanding for designers. Participants’ walk-away knowledge will empower designers to think differently about sizing new buildings for the long-view, about renovating with a master plan mentality, and about educating users beyond the tried & true benchmarking and mockups. This exposure to a different-way-of-thinking process will include the role subject matter experts can bring to any new or renovation process, and for this session, details specific to lab automation design and operations will be highlighted.


1. Attendees will think differently by: Exploring renovation options beyond the current problem to ensure future opportunities are not compromised.
2. Attendees will think differently by: Predicting the impact infrastructure decisions have on new buildings' ability to respond to future unknown needs.
3. Attendees will think differently by: Explaining the value of educating users about design process before investing their time in decision making.
4. Attendees will think differently by: Organizing a process that engages both designers and users in an equally informed decision-making process.