Laboratory Furniture > Lab Design
Today's modern laboratory requires sharing of resources, flexible use
of space, and the ability to adapt to changing needs. A well-planned
and designed lab has taken all of these considerations, as well as
health and safety, into account.
Laboratories are often used for more than one purpose by a variety of scientists who benefit from one other's knowledge. Labs designed with open spaces that allow scientists access to one another foster the sharing of resources.
A flexible use of space is also key to the successful lab. The needs of labs are changing all the time, and to this end casework should be mobile and able to be altered to fit those changing needs. Mobile carts and storage shelves are also key to meeting changing needs. Engineering systems — supply and exhaust air, water, electricity, voice/date, vacuum systems — should also be installed with flexibility and variety of use in mind.
Wet labs will need sinks, fume hoods, and chemical-resistant countertops, plus a way to pump in outside air, while dry labs, which are very computer-intensive, will have requirements for electrical and data wiring. Whether the lab is wet or dry, the furniture design should be chosen with computer use in mind.
Safety is paramount to any lab and should be an important part of lab planning and design. Fume hoods must meet standards and must be properly placed and installed. Ventilation, flooring, and countertop surfaces must also be appropriate, based upon what the lab is being used for.
Finally, if security is an issue, then controlling access to the lab should also be considered during the planning and design phases.
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