Many existing lab spaces are filled with roadblocks that are causing them to be less than ideal:

  • They might be no longer fit for their intended purpose
  • Workflows can be inefficient
  • They contain non-value-added spaces and equipment

Despite these roadblocks, organizations are under constant pressure to gain competitive advantages and produce results. This pressure drives the need to hire and retain highly talented personnel, stimulate a high-degree of collaboration to foster innovation and find ways to enable work processes to be completed efficiently and effectively.

Unfortunately, since R&D facilities and labs are not typically considered profit centers, it can be difficult to justify the construction of a completely new facility. Instead, personnel often find ways to “make it work” in existing spaces, even if those workarounds are imperfect.

Join Hixson for an upcoming webinar on “Optimizing Your Lab Facility: Removing Roadblocks to Success,” in which we will explore how R&D facilities can deliver more value to the corporation by eliminating roadblocks to success.


Roselia Harris, Hixson

Roselia Harris, NCIDQ, COEE, LEED AP, Senior Interior Designer, Hixson

Roselia Harris has been providing interior design services for nearly 20 years, working in the corporate workplace, R&D and retail sectors. Her R&D/laboratory experience includes instrumentation, microbiology, biorepository, quality control, sample holding, sensory spaces, test kitchens, collaboration spaces, and more, for food and beverage, consumer products, medical devices and contract laboratories among others. Harris holds a BA in Interior Design from Kent State University.

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Chris Schaffer, Hixson

Chris Schaffer, PE, WELL AP, Senior Project Engineer, Hixson

Chris Schaffer has been designing and specifying mechanical utility and HVAC systems for Hixson projects for more than 20 years. Some of Schaffer’s recent R&D-based project experience includes serving as the lead mechanical engineer for projects such as a microbiology lab addition, a food safety testing lab expansion, a bio-repository and genomics lab addition and a new Constant Temperature/Constant Humidity (CT/CH) room. Schaffer holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.

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Paul Thamann, Hixson

Paul Thamann, RA, Senior Project Architect, Hixson

In addition to serving as the Lead for Hixson’s R&D Strategic Business Unit, Paul Thamann is responsible for leading architecture project teams within Hixson, interacting directly with clients and coordinating with outside vendors/consultants. Thamann has more than 13 years of experience in designing for R&D and other projects ranging in size from 1,000 sq. ft. to 120,000 sq. ft. across North America. Thamann earned both a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kentucky.

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Who Should Attend?

This event will be most relevant to:

  • Manufacturers of food, beverage, personal care, chemicals and pharm/biotech products
  • Lab executive management
  • Lab facility managers

What You Will Learn

By attending this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify the biggest facility barriers to performance
  • Discover the design and engineering solutions that can reduce or eliminate lab constraints
  • Develop a business case for strategic capital investments for facility improvements

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A nationally recognized architecture, engineering and interior design firm, Hixson partners with some of the most well-known brands in the world on complex projects in R&D, food and beverage, workplace and retail. Hixson consistently delivers insight, advocacy and intelligent project execution through its 16 in-house design and technical disciplines.

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