EYP Insights: How Can Modernization Reinvigorate Your Lab Spaces?

Virtual Event - 1-2 pm EST

October 22, 2020


Join us for a dynamic look at how modernization can reinvigorate and transform your teaching and research labs. Success stories from the University of South Carolina and Rutgers University will showcase the exciting possibilities that await lab spaces on your own campuses.

Modernization of your laboratories offers an opportunity to reinvent pedagogies and procedures, the flexibility and adaptability of spaces, while minimizing maintenance and maximizing sustainability goals. Join our discussion to learn cost-effective benefits applicable to your campuses!


  1. Understand the characteristics of existing building stock that would make them appropriate candidates for new life as an academic or research facility.
  2. Learn how mission-driven programs can best be accommodated and accomplished in renovated and modernized facilities.
  3. Acquire strategies for future proofing facilities to allow for changing teaching and research populations and programs, safety and operational requirements, and pandemic adaptability.
  4. Discover the sustainable, safety, and wellness opportunities of modernizing and re-purposing existing facilities for teaching and research.



Please take this 2-minute survey to help us better understand modernization and lab planning on your campus.


Brian Tucker, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C
Senior Planner, Higher Education, Associate Principal, EYP

Chris Baylow, AIA, NCARB
Managing Principal - Boston, Science & Technology Sector Leader, Senior Principal, EYP

Scott Goode
Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of South Carolina
Dr. Scott Goode is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of South Carolina, where he has taught and researched for almost four decades. As primary project user representative for the transformation of the existing Law School Building into the new Science and Technology Building, he guided the design and construction teams in setting and meeting the project’s vision and goals to construct 17 new instructional chemistry laboratories, support spaces, and student collaborative spaces. Dr. Goode was a staunch supporter of incorporating informal student learning spaces directly outside the labs and throughout the building based on years of experience with students that study together are more likely to succeed in their instruction. An American Chemical Society Fellow, he has served on the Committee on Chemical Safety for more than a decade, working nationally to guide safety in instructional and research environments.

Laura Berman, RA, LEED AP
Sr. Director of Design and Assistant University Architect, Architecture and Design, Rutgers University
The Assistant University Architect and Senior Director of Design at Rutgers University’s Institutional, Planning, and Operations, Laura leads the Office of Architecture and Design.  In this role, she manages a staff of professional architects, engineers and designers, overseeing projects related to space programming, architectural concept design, interior design, signage and environmental graphics, and construction technology.  Prior to joining Rutgers, Laura was an Associate at Payette in Boston, MA, where she was a Project Architect/Manager for academic science and world-class medical research facilities.  She went on to join New York University at a Senior Project Manager in the Strategic Assessment, Planning, and Design department, developing short and long term planning projects for the university.  She holds a Bachelors of Architecture from Syracuse University, is a Registered Architect in New Jersey and New York, and is credentialed as an LEED AP.