Why Symbiote

Strategies for Designing Your Lab Space 

So, you’ve been assigned the task to build or renovate a lab. Each project is unique in it's own way. Maybe, there's a better way to do it. We're here to help with over 30 years of experience in building labs. Here's three strategies to save time and money. 

  1. Maximize Space.  
    • Adjust tables and move cabinets so workstations don’t block common areas like sinks and fume hoods.
    • Move machinery to a shared location.
    • Add overhead storage to gain additional work surface space.
  2. Keep Existing Casework and Consolidate. 
    • Take inventory of the existing furniture. We suggest ways to incorporate modular casework, benches and height adjustable tables to compliment your lab.  
    • Consolidate supplies and equipment to reduce the facility footprint. 
  3. Technology and Code Requirements. 
    • Install a modular power/data system for easy reconfiguration of equipment.
    • Determine the space needed for new safety equipment such as eyewash stations and emergency showers.
    • Switch to LED lights. They tend to be brighter, last longer and produce less heat.

What is this lab project going to cost me?

We use a program that allows the list pricing to be displayed as we are drawing so everyone can stay up-to-date and on budget. Our designers generate a floor plan, renderings, elevations, presentations, install drawings and pricing. This makes understanding the cost of your project easier because we can show the price of a specific area. 

What kind of labs do you design? 

Our installations range from small data research facilities to large hospitals, clinics and universities. Symbiote furniture meets safety and ADA requirements for Health / Life Science, Tech and Aerospace applications. Learn how we help our customers and view our Photo Gallery.


Healthcare Labs

  • Amway Chemistry Lab
  • Central Hospital University of Montreal (CHUM)
  • Holy Cross Hospital Lab and Pharmacy
  • Hospital Sterile Labs, multiple locations
  • LabCorp  
  • Phoenix Children's Hospital
  • Simplot Beef Processing Test Lab
  • Spectrum Health
  • VA hospitals
  • Vanderbilt University - robotic pharmacy
  • US Department of Agriculture

Life Science Labs

  • Arizona State University
  • Continental 
  • Covance - Eli Lilly & Co.
  • Intermountain Healthcare, Precision Genomics
  • Langley Air Force Base - histology lab
  • Marion University
  • NeoGenomics Laboratories
  • Quest Diagnostics
  • Translational Genomics Research
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Texas
  • University of Washington

High Tech Labs

  • Apple
  • Banner Engineering
  • Continental
  • CNXMotion (Continental/Nexteer Automotive)
  • Facebook R&D
  • GateWay Community College
  • General Motors Battery Test Lab
  • Google
  • Grand Canyon University
  • Intel Corporation
  • Kings Ridge Preparatory Academy
  • Lake Washington Institute of Technology
  • MathWorks
  • Vigilant, a DRW Company

Aerospace Labs

  • Boeing
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Department of Defense
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Los Alamos Labs
  • Motorola R&D
  • Rockwell Collins
  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Army
  • U.S Navy

Not only did the Symbiote product get delivered faster than the other companies promised, it was twice as fast and better quality. Time is money, and Symbiote is aware of how important that is.  - Harl Alley, The Biodesign Institute of Arizona State University

Top 5 Questions Answered about Symbiote Lab Furniture

  1. Have you ever done architectural work/projects? Yes, 50 percent of the time, under division 11 and 12.
  2. How do you integrate with equipment/other systems that are not off the shelf or have a point of connection, i.e. cabinetry, cutting a hole for a sink? All products or custom integrations are laid out on .dwg base plans. 
  3. What weight load can your products support? Typical benches support 500-750 lbs. and electric benches lift 750 lbs. Loads are calculated using uniform, dynamic and static loads, which vary from component loading to maximum loads, up to 2,000 lbs.
  4. What is the typical termination module for meeting the ground? How low? Our ground point for an ESD ground is a serrated ground stud on the rear right corner of the carbon-layered work surface. It connects to the ground point on our plug strip which contacts earth ground through the electrical receptacle.
  5. Can you do custom widths, lengths, depths? Yes. Custom products are Symbiote’s core competency.

We help our customers build labs in smart, meaningful ways to get results.

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