The 2017 Laboratory Design Conference is the
only event that serves the unique community
of professionals involved in the construction,
designing, engineering, operations and planning
of state-of-the-art laboratory facilities around
APRIL 24-26, 2017
ALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
REGISTER NOW researchers, lab operations staff, EHS, and custodians. We want (or don’t want)
monkey bars in our fume hoods. Will
our lab gas cylinders fit in the designat-ed storage areas? Will our glassware fit
in the cabinets? Is the space dedicated
for chemical wastes adequate? We don’t
want knee spaces; we’d prefer to have
more storage (or the reverse). Where is
the whiteboard? Many of these issues
can be resolved with minor impact, if
the casework has not yet been made (or
at least is still in the factory).
Coordinating adequate structural
support seems like an obvious minimal
consideration in lab casework design.
But the complexity and scale of many
contemporary projects can make this
very challenging to do well in practice.
The result has been a proliferation of
unistrut, miscellaneous steel, and big
ugly brackets above ceilings, interfering with ideal MEP distribution and
quality maintenance access. Worse,
sometimes these items end up below the
ceiling, within the lab, interfering with
cleanability, flexibility, and aesthetics.
In-place mockup at the University of Rhode Island Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences.