JK Moving recently helped Nova Labs, a local STEAM nonprofit, move to a larger facility. As part of its partnership, JK helped underwrite Nova Labs’ move so that the nonprofit can expand its educational makerspace to serve and inspire more people.
“We have a specialty in helping move labs. A lot of care, planning, and expertise is needed to move chemicals, equipment, records, and – in this case – robots and 3D printers,” explained Chuck Kuhn, CEO, JK Moving Services. “By combining our expertise with our passion to support our community – especially young minds – we were excited to support Nova Labs’ expansion by helping defray expenses and coordinate its move.”
What is Nova Labs?
Located just outside Washington, DC, Nova Labs is a membership-driven, all-volunteer makerspace, founded in 2011 with the purpose of empowering the community to “Rediscover the Joy of Making Things!” In addition to its labs and workshops, Nova Labs is home to an innovation center that serves as an incubator for entrepreneurial innovators. It also offers extensive youth education programs, including 8 FIRST Robotics Teams. Nova Labs is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that supports a wide range of open-source development projects that benefit both the local community and the world.
JK helped Nova Labs move from its location in Reston to a new 38,600-square-foot facility in Fairfax City, Virginia, more than doubling its space to house classrooms, workspaces, incubator offices, and a shop that has both common tools and advanced fabrication equipment. The Robotics teams, which JK is sponsoring to support youth STEAM education, build 2 robots to support the move. “The robots were designed to carry almost anything. It could be boxes. It could be equipment. It was pretty impressive,” Kuhn said.
As the leading moving partner for several university laboratories across the U.S., JK was uniquely qualified to assist Nova Labs with their relocation. JK offers specialized lab moving equipment and proprietary tools and methods and has a crew of lab equipment movers specializing in disassembling, moving, and setting up labs and moving work in progress. Additionally, JK is at the forefront of technological innovation within the relocation and logistics space and uses AI technology and virtual surveys to support its commercial and residential moves.