Building Type Basics for Research Laboratories / Edition 2

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The Wiley Building Type Basics series provides architects and other professionals with the essential information they need to jumpstart the design of a variety of facilities. This volume covers the design of research laboratories, with the practical information necessary to meet the construction and renovation needs of this increasingly complex industry. Featuring more than 200 illustrations, the Second Edition now addresses laboratory construction in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, and updates its information for post-9/11 research needs and trends, including the current International Building Codes. New and updated projects from a variety of designers including Duke University's Medical Science Research Building, GlaxoWellcoms laboratories in the UK, and the US government's Argon laboratory.

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Watch's guide incorporates the new model of laboratory design for labs that use team- based research, with attention to environmental issues. The guide, which is illustrated with numerous b&w photos, defines the main types of labs—private industry, academic, and government—including space guidelines for each. Various aspects of the architectural and engineering design are described, including planning the lab module, key adjacencies, casework, ergonomics, fume hoods, security, communications, and renovation. Cost guidelines are included. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470163337
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/16/2008
  • Series: Building Type Basics Series, #14
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,357,001
  • Product dimensions: 8.31 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel D. Watch, AIA, is an architect and research expert with the Atlanta office of Perkins+Will, one of the largest American architecture firms designing laboratory facilities. Watch is a leader in the firm's Science & Technology group, coordinating the design of laboratory facilities for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Homeland Security's NBACC and NBAF research buildings, several academic research buildings, and six projects based in China since publication of the first edition. He has been invited to speak at the National Institutes of Health, the Academy of Sciences in Beijing, Harvard University, Edinburgh's Science Parks, and University of Cambridge, England.

Stephen A. Kliment, FAIA, the series founder and editor, is an architectural journalist and an adjunct professor at the City College of New York. He was editor in chief of Architectural Record from 1990 to 1996.

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Table of Contents

Editor's Preface (Stephen A. Kliment).




1. Laboratory Design.

International Overview.

Site Planning.

Exterior Image.

Public Spaces.

The Lab Module-Basis for Laboratory Design.


Core Labs.

Biosafety Level Labs.

Research Biocontainment Security.

Safety, Security, and Regulations.

2. Research Facility Programming.

Programming Definition and Key Terms.

The Programming Process.

Programming Tools.


Key Cost Factors.

Contracting Methods.

3. Teaching Laboratories.

Building Community through Science.

4. Sustainable Design.

The Case for Green Labs and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

Sustainable Design Strategies.

Green Chemistry.

Trends in Optimizing Laboratory Energy Use.

Case Study: Lehman College New Science Facility.

5. Interior Design.

Reception and Lobby.

Conference Rooms.

Lounges and Break Rooms.


Elevators and Stairs.

Research Labs.


Interior Finishes.


6. Laboratory Furnishings and Equipment.

Trends in Laboratory Furnishings.

Fume Hoods.

Specialized Equipment and Equipment Spaces.

7. Engineering Design Issues.

Structural Systems.

Mechanical Systems-General Design Issues.

Fume Hoods-Mechanical System Design Issues.

Electrical Systems.

Lighting Design.

Telephone and Data System.

Information Technology.


Plumbing Systems.


Facility-Management Issues.

8. Renovations and Adaptive Reuse.

Renovation Types.

Operational Issues.


Architectural Issues.

Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Issues.

Decision-Making Process.

Quick-Start Guide to Renovations.

Case Studies.


Illustration Credits.


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