James Blount | Principal and Life Sciences Market Sector Leader

James Blount, Principal and Life Sciences Market Sector Leader, Ellenzweig

James Blount is a principal and Life Sciences Market Sector Leader with Ellenzweig and has devoted his career to architecture for the sciences; he has been involved in the programming, planning, and design of over four million square feet of space for scientific research and engineering. A particular area of his interest and expertise is the exploration and development of intrinsically flexible and innovative sustainable design solutions for research facilities. Jim is a past member of the Board of
Directors for the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories, and past president of the New England Chapter. He has participated on laboratory safety committees, developed laboratory planning and safety standards, contributed to laboratory project budget development and cost control for numerous clients, participated as a juror in the R&D Lab of the Year competition, and served as an invited speaker at many national forums addressing laboratory and sustainable design.


Day 1 (26th June) @ 15:15

Future research lab environments

    ture research lab environments demand highly versatile and fully integrated scientific and engineering research platforms. New environments for research need to be planned and equipped to accommodate an ever-increasing variety of converging, constantly evolving, and at times incompatible research activities. The new paradigm is an integrated, multidisciplinary, “team-centric” approach to research that brings together expertise from different scientific and engineering disciplines with a common goal to solve today’s most pressing societal problems. At the intersection of these newly formed multidisciplinary endeavors are novel processes and emerging technologies including scientific instrumentation, equipment, customized apparatus, and tools developed to better support the team-based converging research. These new procedures, tools, and technologies with widely differing space requirements, operational protocols, and room environment criteria are placing increased pressure on lab environments of the future to be more adaptable than ever before. What are the take-aways from this presentation?

  • Recently completed projects depicting the future of environments for research.

  • Upfront investments vs. the long-term savings in emerging highly flexible lab environments.

  • Latest lab systems, emerging technologies and modular infrastructure being developed to advance higher levels of Adaptability, Flexibility and Modularity in labs.

  • Innovative strategies and design’s we’ve developed to support advanced levels of Adaptability, Flexibility and Modularity in research labs


last published: 17/Jun/24 14:15 GMT

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