Lab Planner

Perkins and Will Perkins and Will Employer:
New York, NY, USLocation:
Tue, Jan 4 '22Posted on:

Perkins&Will New York is looking for talented Lab Planners to join our Science & Technology practice. As a Lab Planner on the Perkins&Will New York team, you will be responsible for assisting the laboratory project planning effort toward the successful completion of complex technology facilities, providing overall programming, master planning, lab design planning and communicating with clients/user groups to understand project requirements.


Essential Job Functions

  • Provides advanced technical knowledge in the laboratory planning and programming of various sized academic and corporate research, biotech, life sciences, animal facilities, or other emerging technical facilities. cGMP and high containment experience is a plus.
  • Provides technical planning expertise and leadership for laboratory facilities in the areas of programming, design, fit‐out planning, equipment planning, MEP systems integration planning casework specification and construction administration
  • Lead user group meetings (heads of departments, specialists, etc.) to collect program needs for laboratory specifications in technical facilities.
  • Develops a comprehensive understanding of clients’ program requirements and standards and policies for completion.
  • Assists in the design development, modification and/or review of laboratory planning concepts and solutions.
  • Assists in developing project scope, plan, and services during the contract process.
  • Translates planning concepts into comprehensible terms for clients, designers and project team members.
  • Assists in establishing overall project budgets and milestone schedules in coordination with project manager and project team.
  • Communicates planning concepts to project teams, both verbally and through graphic and written reports.
  • Develops architectural drawings and specifications to communicate planning concepts for project documentation and construction.
  • Anticipates and develops solutions to technical and design problems following established standards.
  • Applies proper QA/QC methods throughout project. May lead this effort.
  • Develops and maintains excellent relationships with existing and potential clients.
  • Participates in selected marketing and business development opportunities.
  • Incorporates Integrated Sustainable Design solutions into projects.
  • Mentors and directs the work of less experienced staff, may participate in professional development reviews and “Lessons Learned” sessions.
  • Actively seeks new knowledge in the design and planning of laboratories within technical facilities.
  • May lead periodic project meetings and presentations; ensure client is adequately briefed on project progress.
  • Participates actively in the firm‐wide Science + Technology practice.
  • Assists in the development of standard materials that describe the portfolio, systems, processes and people of the Science+Technology Group.
  • Assures document standards are met and archives documents appropriately.
  • Sets up project team software parameters and manages standards.
  • Actively participates in industry associations, make presentations and write articles to ensure visibility.


  • 8 + years of Science +Technology Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in Architecture required with laboratory design as main area focus of study.
  • Requires 5 plus year’s progressive experience focused on programming and planning of all phases of a variety of laboratory types such as: vivarium, biocontainment, research, teaching (science), pharmaceutical, public health, clinical.
  • Process, manufacturing and high containment facilities experience is a plus.
  • Demonstrates creativity, passion and interest in design and planning of laboratories within technical facilities.
  • Knowledge of technical and regulatory requirements for laboratory design.
  • Knowledge of laboratory programming delivery and how design impacts those systems – including space, operational, and equipment programming, as well as MEP systems and casework.
  • Knowledge of laboratory planning, design, construction documents, construction administration
  • and project construction cost control for lab facilities.
  • Knowledge of sustainability, integrated design and LEED guidelines.
  • Proficiency in MS Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Proficiency in Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketchup, and InDesign graphic software preferred.
  • Proficiency in Revit or other BIM platform preferred.
  • Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing; ability to convey laboratory planning needs to designers and other team members.
  • Ability to work in team environment.
  • Ability to effectively meet deadlines.
  • LEED AP or within 6 months of hire

Qualified and interested candidates should submit a resume and work samples. Include your resume and a compact, representative sample of your work (no larger than 4MB).

At Perkins&Will we believe that inclusion spurs creativity, and that innovation is born from an engaged culture of diverse people and ideas. By moving beyond barriers and stereotypes of gender, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, medical condition, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status; we are committed to building an organization that reflects the diversity of the communities and clients we serve.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

The safety of all employees is a priority during COVID and we presently require everyone to be fully vaccinated to enter our studio or attend in person client meetings or visit job sites. No waiver of requirement that the position advertised includes the capacity to be present in the studio is expressly or impliedly waived.

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The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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