Now in its 51st year, the 2017 Laboratory of the Year Awards continue to recognize excellence in research laboratory design, planning and construction. This annual international competition receives entries from the best new and renovated laboratories. Eligible projects represent a wide variety of laboratory types, including research, quality assurance/control, teaching, software development, environmental, clinical, forensic, and testing and standards.

Judging for this year’s competition took place on March 28 and was conducted by a blue-ribbon panel of laboratory architects, engineers, equipment manufacturers, researchers and the editorial staff of R&D Magazine and Laboratory Design. The project teams were honored during the Laboratory Design Conference, held April 24-26, 2017, at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley in Raleigh, N.C.

Five awards were presented at the 2017 Laboratory Design Conference. Click the links to read about each project.

Laboratory of the Year: The Francis Crick Institute in London, U.K., submitted by HOK in St. Louis, Mo.

High Honors-Laboratory of the Year: The Allen Institute in Seattle, Wash., submitted by Perkins+Will in Seattle

Renovated Laboratory of the Year: Integrative Biosciences Center — Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich., submitted by Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED) of Southfield, Mich.

Special Recognition for Collaborative Learning Environment: Enzi Educational Facility [STEM] in Laramie, Wyo., submitted by Anderson Mason Dale Architects of Denver, Colo.

Special Recognition for Innovative Systems: Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Cambridge Campus, in Cambridge, Mass., submitted by CannonDesign of Boston, Mass.