The Virginia Beach Bio Incubator Space houses small bio start-ups, providing a community to encourage and foster innovation, research, and entrepreneurship. The facility serves several industry sectors including medical devices development, environmental science, biotechnology, light advanced manufacturing or assembly/processing and service providers. At a modest 5,600 square feet, the space offers wet and dry laboratory space, private offices, meeting spaces, and informal ‘hot desking’ collaboration space. The very nature of the work and research that happens here is flexible, undefined, and inventive, which informed the planning and design of the space. Flexibility was a key design component, allowing much of the space to serve multiple functions, including the ability to seamlessly switch from lab to office with minimal physical effort or financial cost.
Facility Logix oversaw the design, construction, and operation on the behalf of the Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development. Their expertise in bio incubators/accelerators streamlined the design and construction process while bringing a depth of knowledge and research of startup companies' needs to the solutions.
Winners of the VABeachBio Innovation Challenge were polled to ensure needs would be met in this facility. Hanbury’s expertise and leading role in interior design and laboratory planning maximized the space use, flexibility, and the occupant experience in this wellness inspired office and research space. The Incubator is being leased to start-up companies to test and develop ideas and offers professional training sessions to help its researchers develop the business side of their efforts.