When you decide to build a research lab, there are many activities you have to deal with. Lab design, civil interiors, HVAC, electrical, fire alarm systems, plumbing, drain, gas piping, data, CCTV, office furniture, lab furniture, pollution control systems etc. It is a herculean task! You are actually trying to deal with at least 13 vendors at a time to get the job done with right quality & speed. If you involve too many vendors; there are 90% chances that the result will be a combination of delay & poor workmanship.
Turnkey lab setup approach works well, when you are setting up a lab from 1000 sq feet to 20,000 sq feet and you have time pressure or your engineering team’s bandwidth is not available for this project.
A single, specialized & experienced vendor can take up the whole work and complete it on time and with good quality. He knows the nitty-gritty of the lab design standards, safety requirements and can translate your requirements into the exacting lab specifications. He is your one point contact for everything in lab project and all you need to do is -review his progress periodically and give him quick decisions.
This frees up a lot of time for you to order your precious lab equipment, recruit right staff and focus on your routine research activities. Not only you will complete the project on time, but it will also help you save a lot of cost overruns. Turnkey execution will be immensely useful approach, if you select a right vendor.