Core Services: Getting Your Lab Built

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.


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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

Design Services: What is This Project Going to Cost?

Our program displays list pricing as you go to help stay on budget. You'll work with our designers to generate a floor plan, renderings, elevations and drawings. We can even show you the cost of a specific area and recommend cost-saving strategies. 

Discussion Points in Lab Planning

Often, the lab furniture and fixtures are the last items to be ordered, impacting product placement and deadlines. One change can impact installation so getting the facility manager, lab supervisor and technicians together early is key. Items to consider:

  • Spacing of tables and benches 
  • Locations for equipment
  • Power and data runs
  • Fabrics and finishes
  • ADA and National Ordinances
  • Ventilation and fume hoods
  • Waste flow
  • Chemical storage

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 About Symbiote

  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.

Submit your design specs to our lab designers to receive a quote and drawing.

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