Academic Lab Move

University laboratories are places of groundbreaking research and innovation. They don’t just have equipment, but also years of hard work, research data, and invaluable specimens. Relocating such a space is not just about moving items from point A to B. It’s about ensuring the continuity of research, preserving the integrity of specimens, and also guaranteeing the safety of every single piece of equipment.

When it comes to university laboratory relocation, it’s important to choose partners who understand the unique challenges and requirements of moving sensitive equipment, specimens, and materials. At Armstrong Scientific Transport, we specialize in laboratory moving services tailored to meet the specific needs of universities across Canada, the U.S., and the world.

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Unique Challenges of an Academic Lab Move

  1. Diverse Research Fields: A university lab might be conducting research in biotechnology, while another might be focused on chemical engineering. Each field has its unique set of equipment and specimens, requiring specialized handling and a laboratory relocation specialist.
  2. Legacy Equipment: Universities often have legacy equipment – older models that are still in use due to their relevance or historical significance. Such equipment might not have the robustness of modern machines and needs extra care.
  3. Student Projects: Unlike corporate labs, university labs often have ongoing student projects. Ensuring that the move doesn’t disrupt these projects is crucial.
  4. Safety and Compliance: University labs often handle hazardous materials, such as chemicals. Moving them requires adherence to strict safety protocols and regulatory compliance.

Armstrong Scientific Transport’s Approach to Academic Lab Moves

  1. Customized Planning: We understand that every university lab is unique. Our team conducts a thorough assessment, understanding the specific needs, and then drafts a customized laboratory relocation plan.
  2. Collaboration: We also work closely with university staff, researchers, and students, ensuring that all concerns are addressed. We aim to coordinate the academic lab move without disrupting ongoing projects.
  3. Safety First: We are the leading choice for chemical transport. Our team has received training in handling hazardous materials. We ensure that our crews follow all safety protocols, guaranteeing the safety of both the materials and the people involved in the move.
  4. State-of-the-Art Equipment: We use the latest equipment and techniques to pack, move, and set up lab equipment. Whether it’s a delicate instrument or a large machine, we have the tools and expertise to handle it.
  5. Post-Move Support: Our job doesn’t end once we move the equipment. We offer post-move support. For example, we can help set up the equipment, ensuring everything is operational, and addressing any concerns.

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Our CAUBO Membership: A Testament to Our Commitment

Armstrong Scientific Transport is proud to be a member of the Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO). This membership underscores our commitment to providing top-tier university laboratory relocation services tailored for the academic sector. CAUBO promotes the professional and organizational development of its members, and our association with them ensures we stay abreast of the latest best practices in university operations, including lab relocations. Learn more about our CAUBO membership.

Our Turnkey Approach

At Armstrong Scientific Transport, we offer a comprehensive turnkey lab relocation solution tailored for universities. Our team deeply understands the complexities involved in a successful move. We meticulously plan every relocation project to ensure a seamless transition. By addressing the unique challenges of each laboratory, our approach guarantees a successful laboratory relocation. Our process also includes collaboration with university staff to minimize disruptions, ensuring the move process is efficient and tailored to the specific needs of academic labs. Trust us to handle the intricacies of your lab move with expertise and care.

Our solutions extend far beyond just moving labs. We specialize in a wide range of services such as white glove delivery, lab furniture removal, and chemical transport. Our project management team is skilled in understanding and managing the intricacies of each phase of the relocation process. They will ensure that every aspect is handled with the highest level of care and expertise. This comprehensive approach guarantees not only the successful relocation of laboratory equipment but also supports the seamless continuation of research activities.

Specimen Transport Service: Freezers Plugged In

Armstrong Scientific Transport specializes in specimen transport services tailored to meet the unique needs of academic institutions. Our advanced solutions include a state-of-the-art trailer equipped with a generator and climate control systems. This allows for us to transport your freezers while plugged in. That way your samples stay at the correct temperature range during transport. Recognizing the importance of sample integrity, we offer customized transport plans, including packing, loading, and real-time tracking, to accommodate the specific requirements of universities.

Our specialized trailer features multiple receptacles for various plug types, a lift-gate for efficient handling, and an air-ride system to minimize the risk of damage. Dedicated customer service is available 24/7, highlighting our commitment to preserving the quality of scientific specimens and facilitating stress-free relocations for academic research labs.

Case Study: Moving an Lab for the University of Ottawa

The University of Ottawa underwent a comprehensive lab relocation, moving from the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research with us handling the project.

This involved moving lab equipment, chemicals, liquid nitrogen, and freezers with critical specimens. The move required specialized approaches and precision handling. We ensured safe, compliant transport of chemicals, secure liquid nitrogen delivery, and maintained specimen integrity at critical temperatures. This case study highlights our expertise in lab relocation, emphasizing the importance of meticulous planning and specialized handling for a successful move.

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Frequently Asked Questions for Academic Lab Moves

  1. What are the top challenges of a lab relocation?. University lab relocations often involve complex logistical challenges. This includes the transport of sensitive equipment and materials, which require careful planning and coordination.
  2. How do lab managers play a role in the relocation process?. Lab managers are crucial in the planning phase. They work with our teams to ensure that every aspect of the move is understood and accounted for.
  3. Why is careful planning essential in the lab relocation process?. Careful planning is vital to address the unique needs of each lab. We need to focus on minimizing downtime and ensuring the safety of equipment and materials during the move.
  4. What does Armstrong Scientific Transport’s relocation process entail?. Our relocation process involves detailed project planning, expert handling of lab equipment, and tailored solutions to meet the specific needs of each university lab.
  5. What makes university lab relocations distinct?. University lab relocations require special attention to the academic calendar, research timelines, and also the specific requirements of each type of lab and research project.

Why Universities Trust Armstrong Scientific Transport

Relocating a university lab demands trust, expertise, and a dedication to excellence. Over the years, numerous universities have chosen Armstrong Scientific Transport for their laboratory relocation needs. Our unmatched track record, combined with our deep understanding of university lab relocation challenges, positions us as the go-to choice for institutions worldwide.

If you’re considering a lab move, whether within the campus or to a new location, trust Armstrong Scientific Transport to deliver a seamless, stress-free experience. Discover our comprehensive range of laboratory moving services and see why we’re the preferred choice for universities globally.


Once the scope of work has been determined, Armstrong Scientific Transport will provide a written quote. This will be based on several different factors, including your space requirements, distance, the number of appliances that require continuous power, special requirements (e.g. hazardous materials), packing services and unpacking services.

If you are looking for premier and comprehensive laboratory relocation services, choose Armstrong Scientific Transport. Contact us here.

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