With the Washington University School of Medicine’s strategic goal in mind of increasing recruitment to achieve #2 ranking in NIH funding within 10 years, the Operations & Facilities Management department initiated a pilot project in 2018 to review peer benchmarks, revisit wet lab space guidelines used for recent campus research buildings and recommend new wet lab space guidelines going forward. This pilot grew into creation of a wet lab utilization program to study each department on campus annually.

WUSM Planning & Projects: Wet Lab Utilization Studies Process

Wet Lab Utilization Study Focus

The current departmental wet lab utilization studies serve to

  • identify team size for each lab
  • identify building and space type (open or cellular) occupied by each lab
  • identify opportunities for contraction or expansion
  • use results to inform campus master space plan
  • use results to inform highest and best use of space, as well as identify any need for vacated space planning
  • will be an annual review going forward.

Next Steps

All departments have been assigned an individual planner for study completion. Current studies are expected to conclude by July 2020.

For more information about wet lab utilization studies, contact Mariah Harris, Director of Campus Space Planning at mariahharris@wustl.edu.