Should I go with a fixed or a flex lab?
Determining the best setup for lab involves careful consideration of a multitude of factors. The laboratory experts at Haldeman Homme are here to help you make those decisions.
When considering flex vs fixed labs, the first thing you need to weigh is the type of research you’ll be doing in your lab.
According to Haldeman Homme lab expert Tom Nessa, fixed labs are the right solution for labs that aren’t likely to change function.
“Wet sciences, which typically have a high concentration of services and plumbing, work best with fixed labs,” according to Nessa. “Chemistry labs, for example, require fume hoods with ducts and other equipment that isn’t meant to be moved.” If your equipment is heavy duty and you need stable platforms, consider a fixed lab for your space.
In contrast, “Engineering or physics labs work best as flexible labs,” says Nessa. “Flex labs are a great option for spaces that might be unpredictable or have changing research types.” Flex labs typically contain movable tables and plug and play services that can be quickly connected and disconnected.
Have a multi-use space that needs to be converted from a lab to a lecture configuration? The flex lab might be the right fit for you. With height adjustable tables that can be used as benchtops or set at sitting height, and ductless fume hoods that can be relocated in the event of programming or space changes, flex labs are the perfect solution for a space that’s always innovating.
Contact one of our laboratory experts to design, install, and maintain your facility for years to come.