Modular casework can
provide thousands of dollars in
benefit by avoiding expensive
tear-outs and rebuilds.
Systems available today offer
a framework of drawers,
cabinets and shelving that can
be configured in a variety of
ways to accommodate research
needs as they change. Modular
laboratory casework also helps
offset the cost of customized
Mobile casework on casters
located below overhead service
carriers allows bench-top
equipment to be swapped in
and out as needs change. These
same tables can be removed to allow
large upright equipment to be brought
in. However, it is important to understand the heat gain for the anticipated
current and future equipment heat load.
Lab casework can be configured within
the module for expansion. Fixing casework
along the perimeter of the lab allows fixed
utilities to be housed within this case-
work. By using quick disconnects, mobile
units can be quickly assembled and the
lab configured to meet the needs of new
researchers. The diagram below shows how
the bench configuration can be adapted to
meet the need of the researcher.
Fig 2: An overhead service carrier provides power, data and gas while leaving room for researchers to easily swap out
equipment as needed.
Fig. 3: This diagram demonstrates several plug-and-play concepts. Fixed perimeter benches contain utilities that are unlikely to move, such as sinks. In the inner
portion, movable benches allow fume hoods and other equipment to be brought in. Along the corridor, an equipment zone houses freezers (yellow), storage
cabinets (brown), biosafety cabinets (green) and gases (yellow cylinders).