Our team has conducted countless laboratory moves and research facility relocations over the years. As you might imagine, these types of projects have a certain level of complexity to them.
Moving a laboratory or a life sciences facility requires an incredible amount of planning, communication, and the need to work together. It also takes patience on everyone’s part.
There are many reasons why organizations need to move a laboratory or research facility such as new projects, increased funding, or the need for more space. If you’re in the beginning of that process, here are a few basic starting points.
Make sure you have a team leader for your lab move
It is mission-critical for your organization to immediately establish a team leader for your lab move. You can build additional team members from there to absorb some of the responsibilities. Because these types of moves can be complex, it is important to have a qualified individual spearheading your project.
Contact the manufacturers of your equipment and instrumentation
While many moving companies conduct life sciences and laboratory moves, one important factor is working closely with the manufacturers of any instrumentation or equipment. You may even find these manufacturers must pack and secure these items before any type of relocation. It’s also a good idea to check any documentation or agreements you have with laboratory equipment manufacturers.
You must methodically plan to move a research facility or lab
Any type of move needs to be planned but when you’re moving a laboratory, a detailed plan is vital. The team lead should oversee the plan, rely heavily on other team members, and work closely with the moving company you select. No one likes more meetings but for everyone to communicate properly, regular meetings to ensure a flawless plan must be part of the overall move.