The game makes it clear that labs and workshops get a bonus when built next to buildings of the same type. I've also seen it written online that Satellite Uplinks get a bonus but I can't see anywhere what it is.

What are all the buildings that get bonuses, and what are those bonuses? Supplemental question: Does "adjacent" mean horizontal or also vertical adjacency?

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Adjacency is horizontal and vertical. Each "pair" of facilities counts as one adjacency bonus. Generally you can count the plusses to determine the specific level of benefits you are receiving.

The types and adjacency bonuses are as follows:

  1. Laboratory: 10% research speed bonus for each adjacency bonus.
  2. Workshop: 7% refund on resources used to build items (that's gear, facilities, and vehiciles) for each adjacency bonus.
  3. Satellite Uplink/nexus: +1 capacity for each adjacency bonus.
  4. Power, Elerium, Thermal Generators: +2 power for each adjacency bonus.

Note that if you go into the Build Facilities screen, you can see this in the description text (of the currently highlighted facility), but sometimes you have to sit there and wait for it to start scrolling.

  • That last nugget is very interesting --- sometimes you have to sit and wait for it to start scrolling. Oct 11, 2012 at 6:00
  • Unfortunately the UI design is such that only a part of the text is showing.
    – peacedog
    Oct 11, 2012 at 11:45
  • Is the adjacency bonus for each facility? ie two labs next to each other would be +10 for the first and +10 for the second or is it just +10 for having one link between them? Does it tell you anywhere what your current adjacency bonuses are?
    – Chris
    Oct 15, 2012 at 15:54
  • @Chris You can tell this by looking at your satellites or power. I don't think it's possible to know for Workshops/Labs. I'll double check my base when I get home and make note of what I find.
    – peacedog
    Oct 15, 2012 at 16:13
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    @Chris: I'm fairly sure it's +10 for the link, not +10 for each lab. This is definitely true for satellite uplinks. I built mine out as a square, the top two being uplinks and the bottom two being nexuses (nexi?). The first one was good for two satellites, the second for three (2 + 1 bonus) the first nexus for five (4 + 1 bonus) and the second nexus for six (4 + 1 + 1).
    – jprete
    Oct 16, 2012 at 1:57

The adjacency bonus applies to all adjacent types next to each other. It also applies vertically. So, if you have four workshops in a 2x2 configuration then you will get four "adjacent" bonuses or a 28 percent return. Note that for workshops you get the rebate at the end of the job. I am putting in a 2 by 6 workstation complex that will yield a 49% rebate.

Also, for up-links if you want full satellite coverage, you'll need a capacity of 18. That will be three nexus stations all touching in one way or another.

It is worth while building the efficient power stations and then moving the pre-built facilities to more efficient configurations. It takes a while and you won't be able to do it all at once. But look at where your best steam row (or column, don't forget that you can plan this strategy in a vertical configuration too) is and plan for that to be your generator row/column/box. You may have to build some facilities in temporary locations in order to maintain full power but with some planning you can minimize this. Also don't forget that it takes a while to excavate so, do this when you can even if you're not planning to build right a way. I have found that keeping two spaces open for future development is a good practice. At least this was possible at "Normal" difficulty. One may find resources too limited to do this on higher difficulties.

My top two rows are all the specialty facilities as there will only be one of each of these. Also, don't move your Officer training school as you will lose your OTS upgrades and you'll have to repurchase these after you've rebuilt your OTS. -- This last bit is not correct. The upgrades come back when you rebuild your OTS.

  • The last paragraph is incorrect, the bonuses return as soon as you rebuild the school at no extra cost.
    – kotekzot
    Nov 27, 2012 at 16:08

On the PC version I get a green plus symbol between my 2 power plants and uplinks showing the adjancency bonus. I assume the same symbol will appear when my 2nd adjacent lab and workshop complete.

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