Laboratory Design Guide: For Clients, Architects and Their Design Team : the Laboratory Design Process from Start to Finish

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Architectural Press, 2000 - Science - 246 pages
Laboratory Design Guide 2ed takes the reader through the complex stages of laboratory design and construction, offering practical advice and detailed examples.Brian Griffin's working manual covers the latest designs for new and evolving laboratory practices and equipment and includes current and future requirements for laboratories such as automation. Case studies illustrate the points made and represent the international view of the principles of laboratory design. This second edition has new chapters on Environmental Engineering, Hydraulic services and fire suppression and Cost planning. There are also 11 new case studies ranging from the UK to Australia and to the States.This is a vital book for all those responsible for the design of laboratory buildings: the client; architect; engineer; building project manager and scientist.

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I currently work in a building in Brisbane designed by this architect, and I have to warn everyone that the building is a disaster. The lack of functionality of the laboratories really makes me wonder how the author can sleep at night trying to sell a book on how to design a laboratory when it is has been clearly demonstrated to me and my coworkers that he appears not know a good laboratory from a lavatory. A specific example to illustrate my point is the medical gas systems in the building. Gas bottles are housed on the outside of the building on every level where there is a laboratory (4 levels). They are transported out there along a walkway made of a metal grate which is slippery when wet, and the barriers would not prevent a gas bottle falling onto the footpath below if one was to fall off the trolley. The gas alarm reset panels are also located outside. To access this area, one must go through security alarmed fire doors, which is a major inconvenience. The design is made more cumbersome due to the location of gas bottles and alarm panels and the laboratories the gases are plumbed to. A gas bottle on the outside of level 4 might supply laboratories on levels 6 and 7 and the alarm panel may be on level 5. Everyone who sees this building asks why the gas bottles were not all centrally located in the region of the loading dock on the lower level, and the gases plumbed throughout the building. Instead, gas bottles are wheeled through office areas of the building to access the fire doors leading to the exterior walkways. A full exchange of gas bottles in the building takes one person around 8 hours to complete. The building is riddled with similar design flaws of this magnitude. I have looked at this book, and would recommend putting it back on the shelf and purchasing something else if you want a truly useful guide on laboratory design. The book may however have some merit if used as a ‘how not to’ guide. 

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