Lab Trends for the Next Five Years. ‘What types of laboratories will be built within the next five years? What will drive these projects? What will their most dominant features be? The outcome to each of these items may very well be dictated by a series of trends driving the current laboratory design climate.
Overall, there is less funding for research buildings now than in the late 1990s. The recession meant less tax revenue for public capital projects. Companies with lower earnings are less prone to embrace large capital projects. The pharmaceutical industry has slowed or stopped its expansion of its R&D workforce. New federal funds are being redirected toward biodefense and homeland security and chargeback rates for federal research grants have drawn more scrutiny.
The bottom line: Capital approval for a lab, public or private, is now harder to obtain.’