Laboratory Design

  • “Laboratory Design, Construction, and Renovation: Participants, Process, and Product” National Academies Press, 2000.
  • NIH Guidelines
  • National Institute of Building Sciences-Whole Building Design Guide. A variety of building design related links from this resource are available for free to read. Some specific laboratory design and safety webpages include:
    • “Research Laboratory”, Daniel Watch and Deepa Tolat; May 2010: Summarizes the key architectural, engineering, operational, safety, and sustainability considerations for the design of research laboratories.
    • “Academic Laboratory”, Daniel Watch, Gary McNav and Deepa Tolat; May 2010: Summarizes the key architectural, engineering, operational, safety, and sustainability considerations for the design of academic laboratories.
    • “Trends in Lab Design”, Daniel Watch; June 2010: Design of labels that support high quality research and are responsive to future demands.
    • “Safety and Security in Laboratories”, Daniel Watch and Deepa Tolat; June 2010: Protecting health and facilities from toxic and hazardous chemicals.
    • “Using LEED on Laboratory Projects”, Daniel Watch and Deepa Tolat; May 2008: Design of laboratories for energy-efficiency and reduced environmental impacts.
    • “Sustainable Lab Design”, Daniel Watch and Deepa Tolat; June 2010: Design of laboratories for resource-efficiency, reduced use of harmful substances and environmental impacts.
    • “Balancing Security/Safety and Sustainability Objectives”, Richard Paradis and Bambi Tran; June 2010: to provide an understanding of the interaction between security/safety and sustainability objectives, identifying areas of synergy and potential conflicts, and highlighting opportunities within certain strategies.
    • “Labs 21 Tool Kit”, Labs for the 21st Century, 2010: Free available resource to support design of high-performance energy-efficient laboratories. Includes information on design, best practices, case studies, lab equipment, and more.
    • Research Laboratory VA Design Guide” (PDF) from US Department of Veteran Affairs, Sep. 1995: Guidelines for design of research labs of different types and needs.