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Lunch & Learn - Find and Equip Lab Space Quickly and Cost Effectively

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Oregon Bioscience Incubator

4640 Southwest Macadam Avenue

#Suite 270

Portland, OR 97239

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The Space Race: How to Find and Equip Lab Space Quickly and Cost Effectively

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At some point every successful company faces the challenge of their physical working space no longer meeting their needs. Maybe the space isn’t large enough to meet demand, or perhaps business has evolved in a direction no longer served by the original facility. So how does one go about finding new space? Hire a broker? An architect? A contractor? All three? If so, then when? And how do you make sure your business needs are met quickly and cost effectively? All of these questions follow the often overt realization that your space no longer works. The problem is that acquiring lab space is not simple. Most people who have been through the process will tell you it takes far more time than expected, and in the case of your company outgrowing its facility, that is time you can’t afford. The other challenge that is often underestimated at first is the complexity of fitting out that lab space.

At this program we will talk though the steps needed to find, acquire and fit-out lab space. We will discuss the role of brokers and their limitations; the timeline associated with finding and securing space; and the ins and outs of permitting and tenant improvement. We will touch on the complexities of developing lab space that make finding the raw shell area difficult, including zoning, mechanical systems, and occupancy types. We will talk about the time it typically takes from the decision to move or expand, to the new facility being fully operational. Finally, we will cover the management of tasks that are not typically handled by the broker, architect or contractor.

Currie & Brown is a global construction consultancy that specializes in helping owners and tenants manage capital improvement projects. We are currently employed in Portland and worldwide by some of the largest bio-tech and high-tech companies to ensure that their new spaces are brought online as quickly and cost effectively as possible. We look forward to the opportunity to share some of what we have learned to help you in your eventual endeavors to find new space.

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Eric Myers

Eric is an associate at Currie & Brown. He currently provides cost control services and due diligence review for clients including two Fortune 100 businesses. Eric has spent the last 15 years in the construction industry working as a senior-level project manager on both the development and general contracting sides. Innovation and biotech are areas of interest for Eric. He was responsible for the development of the first for-profit BSL2 laboratory space in the Portland area. As a board member of the Innovation Quadrant, Eric works hard to continue to expand science and technology business development in the Central East Side and Tillicum Crossing districts.

Sean Cole

Sean is a senior director for Currie & Brown. He holds responsibility for the company’s high-tech and industrial sectors and sits on the executive board. He has over 30 years’ construction management experience including technical positions in estimating, cost management, procurement, project management and contract advisory. Sean currently specializes in helping owners form strategic procurement initiatives to improve performance across their construction portfolios. He is a thought-leader in the construction industry, and has presented at local PMI and AACEi chapter meetings on various topics.

Mark Petchey

Mark is Currie & Brown’s commercial QA/QC director with responsibility for commercial due diligence, quality and best practices across the business. He sits on the company’s management board, is the operational lead for the Portland office and takes a hands-on role in the management of several Fortune 100 accounts. Mark has more than 29 years of expertise in budgeting, cost, risk management and change management/change order reviews. His skills include project management, quantity surveying, contracts administration, project controls and cost estimating for a wide range of projects including high-tech, water/wastewater, energy, private development, transportation and industrial.

Thank you to Currie & Brown for sponsoring this event.

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