Science & Technology

Offering efficient designs and holistic solutions for your high-performance space.

Just as efficiency and exactness are critical in science labs and manufacturing facilities, the design of the space must be a well-thought and carefully planned process. In short, the built environment must be as intricate as the work itself.

In creating high-performance spaces reflecting our clients’ specific technology needs, we consider:

  • Functional adjacencies
  • Operational flows
  • Industry standards

While no two labs are alike, our approach is as methodical and consistent as the industry we serve.

Lab Design Process

Laboratory planning and design is a reiterative process. It involves learning, teaching, assimilation and options development. Each step involves all four activities, digging deeper and refining the options through each phase.

Using our Listen | Discover | Design protocol, we define your needs, document the requirements and develop holistic solutions. Each subset of the lab is developed as a single module. Once the details for each module is finalized, we consider the relationship between those modules and create an overall floor plan.

Click the video to watch Strang architects Wayne Whiting and Dan Hale discuss the intricacies of architectural design for the science and technology sector.

Equipment Drives Design

The type of equipment needed for your work will also drive our design solutions. It’s not enough to create sufficient space for a machine to operate. In considering the long-term viability of the equipment, we consider:

  • Benching

  • Finishes

  • HVAC

  • Power Systems

MEP And Lab Design

Strang lab planners work closely with our engineering team to assure planning, system selection and budgets all align with your project requirements and goals. We consider many factors critical to the operation of the lab space:

  • Temperature, humidity and pressure differentials

  • Hood and biological safety cabinet placement (to minimize air flow disturbances)

  • Air filtration and cleanliness (addressing clean room standards)

Standards and Compliance

Strang lab planners understand the ever-changing regulatory requirements, codes and industry standards from the FDA to the USDA. Defining whether the facility is a GLP or GMP (Good Laboratory Practice or Good Manufacturing Practice) is also important. These compliance issues and standards must be addressed early in the process to assure optimal project outcomes.

Electric, Plumbing and Energy

Determining if your facility requires “clean power,” isolated power, UPS, special grounding or unique voltages is critical. Emergency power is important for science-based projects in which power loss could impact thousands of dollars of product or research.

Water quality is vital on projects that require highly purified water. We also research effluent requirements before planning how lab waste is treated.

Because laboratories often utilize 10-12 times more energy than a typical office building, our designers investigate energy consumption, environmental controls and energy modeling in designing, and create a plan that will reduce operating expenses.

View Our Work

Ascent Innovation (In Development)

Rapid City, South Dakota

Strang is working on the Ascent Innovation Center, a 40,000 square foot business incubator in Rapid City’s Innovation District. This facility includes 25,000 square feet of flexible tenant space and administrative offices. In addition this facility will provide spaces for collaboration - for the co-creation of ideas; spaces for meeting - for pitching new ideas; and spaces for events - bringing the community together.

The project serves as a catalyst for the Ascent Innovation District, strategically connecting the School of Mines with Downtown Rapid City. The District plays an important role in workforce development: mentoring youth and students, helping in the retention of talent in the Rapid City community. As a multi-tenant building, the facility is designed with the flexibility for future uses, with the ability to accommodate the ebb and flow of space needs as each tenant grows and evolves.

Eurofins Food Integrity & Innovation

Madison, Wisconsin

Eurofins Scientific's new food testing lab will be located on the northeast side of Madion. It will occupy 108,000 GSF, and will prove to be a throughtput analytical lab for an international firm supporting the pharmaceutical and food industries. Efficiencies have been designed into every aspect of the project; from sample receipt, prep, analysis, data review and publication to their clients. The new building includes two main chemistry labs with state of the art equipment, helping to improve food integrity all over the world. 

University of Wisconsin Chemistry Building (In development)

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Strang, in association with Ballinger, is currently designing an eight-story, 188,000-SF addition and a 45,000-SF renovation to bring this vital educational facility up to date. New and remodeled space will house lecture halls, active learning classrooms, offices and instructional labs. This $100 million project will feature renovated general chemistry labs, new and renovated organic and analytical chemistry labs and transform the chemistry library into an information commons.

Health Emotions Research Institute

Madison, Wisconsin

This interdisciplinary institute focuses on the study of emotions and how they affect both physical and mental health, along with sleep disorders. The need for a contemporary and comfortable atmosphere was achieved through warm, earthy colors and an abundance of natural light. The facility includes a vivarium, a magnetic resonance image suite, labs, exploratory classrooms and sleep study rooms.

MG & E Innovation Center

Madison, Wisconsin

This 113,000-SF facility in Madison’s University Research Park houses numerous small companies specializing in research and development, from gene therapy to software development. Modular laboratories were designed to accommodate a chemical fume hood, acid waste and the lab tenants’ specialized equipment.

UW-Madison Veterinary Medicine Addition

Madison, Wisconsin

The project consists of an interior renovation and development of a second floor roof area into classrooms. Existing solar panels are removed and a contemporary enclosure and roof line redefines the School of Veterinary Medicine’s south facade. The 7,300 square foot renovation includes an with 11 station/52 student class room for training and developing various clinical skills and a 90 seat active learning class room. An informal student study space has also been created that is flush with natural light and ready access to technology and a variety of seating arrangements.


GE Medical Systems Lunar

Madison, Wisconsin

GE Medical Systems Lunar is a leading developer and manufacturer of innovative medical devices for the assessment of osteoporosis, metabolic bone diseases and orthopedic surgery. When this knowledge-based company encountered significant growth in personnel and operations, they turned to Strang to design a new facility that would meet existing and future space needs.


Madison, Wisconsin

This 82,000-SF laboratory provides testing services for regulatory monitoring and surveillance and diagnostic testing and evaluation for the state’s practicing veterinarians. The lab itself includes chemistry, bacteriology, serology, virology, aquatics and biosafety level-3 functions.


University Research Park Accelerator Building

Madison, Wisconsin

The building is located south of the MG&E Innovation Center, also designed by Strang, a 113,000 square foot facility that is designed for early-stage companies. The accelerator building serves as a bridge for companies seeking to move from the park’s incubator facilities to a stand-alone building outside the park; its suites range in size from 2,500 square feet to 5,000 square feet. The suites are equipped with wet labs, fume hoods, and other amenities associated with life-science and technology spaces.

Mentor Biologics

Madison, Wisconsin

In 2008, Mentor Corporation, a leading supplier of products for the aesthetic medicine market, completed a 37,000 square foot manufacturing and research facility in Madison, WI. This laboratory/office is the first LEED certified laboratory production facility in Wisconsin. The Mentor Biologics facility serves as an example of style, design and function, while enhancing the environment, and health and comfort of employees. The project includes pharma production cleanrooms, support spaces, laboratory space, offices, and complex mechanical systems. This building has been awarded the InBusiness Magazine Commercial Design Award for Best Green Built Project, and the American Society of Interior Designers Gold Award for Sustainable Design.


Covance Laboratories

Madison, Wisconsin

Covance is one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive drug development services companies. They provide a portfolio of preclinical and clinical development and commercial service offerings — delivered through industry-leading nonclinical testing services, the world’s largest central laboratory network, and a global team of clinical trial professionals. Strang has completed more than 1 million square feet of new building, addition and renovation at their Madison campus over a 20+ year relationship.

Promega Research & Development Center

Fitchburg, Wisconsin

Promega’s 72,000 square foot Research and Development facility was the first phase of a 350,000 square foot complex supporting research and production of molecular biologicals. The facility contains molecular biological research and development labs, a fermentation facility and corporate offices. The labs are modular so different types of research can be conducted with minimum modification.

The design creates a pleasant and efficient work environment. Ribbons of glass allow natural light into the laboratory and office space. Offices are directly outside the labs in a completely open office plan that maximizes flexibility and efficiency. Teaming areas, meeting rooms and a library encourage spontaneous technical discussion and social interaction.


U.S. Geological Survey Master Plan

Madison, Wisconsin

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has seven different organizations located in the Madison, Wisconsin, metropolitan area. Strang was selected to undertake a study to establish requirements and evaluate the feasibility of consolidating these organizations in a single location on the National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC). The NWHC is located on a USGS-owned facility consisting of 24 acres of land and three buildings totaling 67,000 square feet of space. Initial evaluation shows that the other organizations could reduce facilities costs if they were to move into new space constructed on the NWHC grounds. Strang worked with the USGS to identify a site analysis, staffing projections, department adjacencies, space needs analysis and various options.


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