Design and Planning of Research and Clinical Laboratory Facilities / Edition 1

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Research and clinical laboratory facilities are, perhaps, the mostcomplex structures to plan and design. Intimidated by a vast andseemingly impenetrable body of codes, regulations, and designcriteria pertaining to lab design and construction, manyarchitects, unfortunately, choose to avoid what can be one of themost profitable and professionally rewarding areas ofspecialization. Written by an architect with more than thirty-threeyears of experience as a master planner and programmer oflaboratories and clinical facilities, this book demystifies theprocess of laboratory planning and design. It provides acomprehensive overview of the fundamental issues related tolaboratory design and offers readers detailed, step-by-stepguidance through the complex maze of design specifications andcodes, standards, and official guidelines that must be addressedduring the programming, planning, design, and construction process.Focusing mainly on laboratory programming, planning, and designcriteria for "wet" laboratory environments, Leonard Mayer providesexamples from numerous master plans, facility programs, functionalprograms and requirements programs applicable to a wide variety ofscientific and medical disciplines, and related facilities. Relatedfunctions and activities include administrative offices, computercenters, core service and support, building services facilities,and more. He presents new and updated design criteria based onrecent laws and regulations and supplies readers with comprehensivelists of relevant codes, regulations, standards, guidelines, andarchitectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbingcriteria. Design and Planning of Research and Clinical LaboratoryFacilities is an excellent primer for architecture students andnewcomers to the field, as well as an indispensable single-volumereference for experienced professionals. It is also an invaluableresource for researchers and investigators, facility planners andmanagers, plant engineers, and all others involved with the design,construction, maintenance, and administration of laboratoryfacilities.

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Focusing mainly on laboratory programming, planning, and design criteria for "wet" laboratory environments, this reference provides examples from numerous master plans, facility programs, functional programs, and requirements programs applicable to a wide variety of scientific and medical disciplines, and related facilities. Related functions and activities include administrative offices, computer centers, core service and support, and building services facilities. It presents new and updated design criteria based on recent laws and regulations, and supplies comprehensive lists of relevant codes, regulations, standards, guidelines, and architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing criteria. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471306238
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/20/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 536
  • Product dimensions: 6.92 (w) x 10.34 (h) x 1.45 (d)

Meet the Author

LEONARD MAYER, AIA, is Principal of The Planning Collaborative,Ltd., a consulting firm that specializes in programming andplanning laboratory and health care facilities. He has masterplanned and programmed more than 22 million gross square feet ofresearch and clinical laboratory and health care facilities.

Mr. Mayer is a former director of Professional Practice Programs atthe American Institute of Architects and the editor of ArchitectsHandbook of Professional Practice, AIA Documents Series, and theFirst Edition of Legal Citations File. He also assisted the Collegeof American Pathologists' Laboratory Function and Design Committeein the revision of the Medical Laboratory Planning and DesignManual and is currently a member of the National Committee onClinical Laboratory Standards' Subcommittee on Laboratory Designand Safety.

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Table of Contents

Programming and Planning Criteria.

Mechanical Engineering Criteria (HVAC).

Electrical Engineering Criteria.

Plumbing Engineering Criteria.

Animal Facility Criteria.

Laboratory Core Service and Support Facilities.

Laboratory Work Areas: Standard Plans and Details.


Glossary of Terms.

AIA Standard Forms.


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