Anatomy of a Modern Lab Install


Laboratory design is now going through the most notable rethinking in the last half-century. What has changed, in addition to modern diagnostic equipment that is de rigor, is the notion of versatility. There is a recognition that laboratories need to change as both purpose and technologies change. This is the tact being taken now by major lab architects and consultants.

A case in point is the recent renovation and expansion at a major medical lab and diagnostic equipment manufacturer in New Jersey. The company recently expanded their Chemistry, R&D, and Service/Training Labs by more than 200,000 square feet. As part of the expansion, a complete renovation of existing lab areas was undertaken as well. One of the most critical design decisions was to bypass casework lab counters and fixtures in favor of modular lab workstations.

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