utility whips (see Fig. 3). An uncluttered
view can be particularly desirable within
an open lab concept. However, because the
bench is supporting the utilities, none of the
benches can be removed to create an open
instrumentation zone. Even though this layout achieves a cleaner aesthetic at the ceiling
plane, it is less flexible than the example of
forced air ducts centered above the bench.
Looking more closely at Example 4 (Fig. 1),
we see an unconventional element: a raised
access floor. While raised access floors are rarely
used in today’s labs, it is possible to encounter
them in a renovation project. Taking advantage
of this feature, utilities are run in the access
floor and service the table frames from below.
Running utilities in the floor allows for the
flexibility to create instrumentation zones at
certain bench locations since the utilities are
independent of the bench. Similar to Example
3, a clear zone is also created from the ceiling
plane to the top of the bench. From a utili-ties-connection perspective, Example 4 is very
flexible by allowing tie-in to the utilities at any
point along the floor. However, because of the
fixed locations of the chilled beams and lighting, benches are still confined to a linear layout
(same lighting constraint as Example 2).
The infrastructure design in Example 5
allows users to take advantage of movable
casework and maximize flexibility by using
an overhead grid system comprised of a
customizable kit of parts (Fig. 4). The grid,
which is hung from the slab above, is sized
to support the weight of all the infrastruc-
tural elements—free of any connection to
the floor. Shelving and upper cabinets are
hung from the grid. In this sense, the grid
creates a heavy datum; however, it allows
for tables to be moved with complete
ease, which is useful if benches need to be
removed to clear space for instrumentation.
This layout creates a clear zone from the
bottom of the upper cabinets to the top of
the counter. Overhead cabinets and shelving
can be disconnected and removed from the
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Fig. 2: Utility spine can be accessed anywhere along the bench.