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

University of Wisconsin Chemistry Building (In development)

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

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

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.


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.


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