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Lab Design Checklist For Fitting Out Your New Laboratory

Lab Design Checklist For Fitting Out Your New Laboratory

The demand for life science and tech buildings is steadily growing. It is set to continue as advancements in medicine and research investments surge. The need is for more support spaces and better-designed laboratories. 

However, in many buildings, there is so much to consider when relocating or refurbishing a lab with base building elements, such as central systems, vacuum lines, and essential M&E services. 

So, how do you create a laboratory that meets your design requirements? We have you covered with our lab design checklist!

 

Entry Level Laboratory Fit-Out

This fit-out specification might include:  

  • Lighting – standard spec
  • Plumbing – for any lab sinks
  • Drainage
  • Standard spec flooring
  • Decorations
  • Power & Data points
  • Basic Lab Furniture

 

Medium Level Laboratory Fit-Out

This fit-out specification might include:  

  • Air conditioning
  • Specialist Lighting 
  • Plumbing – including provision for laboratory gases such as acetylene, nitrogen, oxygen, hydrogen, or CO2
  • Drainage
  • Chemically resistant, easy clean flooring with coving to perimeter.
  • Power & Data points
  • Full design for Lab Furniture – worktop supported on metal framework, with roll under storage to meet the requirements for GLP, and to allow flexibility
  • Chemical extraction arms
  • Fume cupboards and associated extraction, together with a provision for make-up air

 

Top Level Laboratory Fit-Out

This fit-out specification might include:  

  • Full HVAC design – holistic approach to laboratory ventilation and temperature control
  • Specialist lighting 
  • Plumbing – including provision for laboratory gases such as acetylene, nitrogen, oxygen, hydrogen, or CO2
  • Drainage
  • Chemically resistant, easy clean flooring with coving to the perimeter.
  • Power & Data points
  • Full design for Lab Furniture – worktop supported on metal framework, with roll under storage to meet the requirements for GLP, and to allow flexibility
  • Chemical extraction arms
  • Fume cupboards and associated extraction, together with a provision for make-up air

Once you have an idea of the specification you need, you’ll find the building that is suited to you (if you don’t have a building already!). Before moving too fast, ensure that your lease allows you to make any necessary adjustments. You don’t want any problems on your hands! 

Rest assured, here at Kastner Lab, we know what is involved in addition to this lab design checklist, so drop us your enquiry and we will get your lab sorted.