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AJB Consultants

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Lab Design and Construction Project Management

Design Process, Assessment, Programming, Criteria, and Decisions

Lab Design and Construction Project Management
Design Process
  • Needs Assessment
  • Conceptual Design
  • Programming
  • Schematic Design
  • Site Selection
  • Select Team (A/E/GC)
  • Final Design
  • Tenant Fit-out
  • Certificate of Occupancy
  • Agency Approvals
  1. Needs Assessment
  • Client Goals
  • Science (Current and Future)
  • Planning Concerns
  • Transform  Scientific Vision into Something Buildable
    • People & Science Plan
    • Spaces & Adjacencies
    • Layouts & Equipment
  1. Conceptual Design
  • State of the Art Research Facility
  • Attractive Surrounding for Scientists (Location and Work Space)
  • First-Class Aesthetic Corporate Image to Compete for Best Scientists
  • Flexible Lab Space
  • Occupancy by (Date)____________
  1. Programming
  • Review present site ( what works and what does not)
  • Establish equipment matrix
  • Interview managers and department heads
  • Review Safety and Regulators issues and requirement
  • Lab needs in Sq Ft/ LF  (Benches & Work Areas)
  • Direct Lab Support (Instrument Rooms, Warm/Cold Rooms, Tissue Culture)
  • General Lab Support (ACF, Glasswash, Darkroom)
  • Office/Administration
  • Total Space Requirements
  1. Schematic Design
  • Make believe location
  • Programming requirements
  • Conceptual  Design Criteria ( MEPs)
  • Auto Cad Drawings with  equipment
  1. Criteria
  • “Biotech friendly” location
  • Area close to public transportation
  • 13-14 ft. deck to deck heights
  • Good base building infrastructure
  1. Decision
  • Lease/Buy, long or short term
  • Location, Location, Location
  1. Team Selection
  • Architects, Experienced in  lab design
  • Engineers, Good at project controls and budgets
  • Contractors, Strong PM and CM skills with good sub-contractor base

updated: 4 years ago