DO plan for the future (to a degree)

The infrastructure to future proof a facility is key. The panelists of “Plan Smarter, Not Harder” referenced their approaches to this challenge.

Stephen Baker said his goal is to make the space as durable and sustainable as possible, using the best materials, and attempting to gain insight into 2025 in making design decisions. He stressed the importance of building future-proofing into the budget: “Cost is relative, needs to be built into the plan, because the most expensive room is the one that no one is using.” Elizabeth Sisam added that buildings need to be designed in a manner where they can be added to in an incremental way that fits with the overall design, but she acknowledged that it is a very difficult challenge with which all major institutions are grappling.