4 Pre-Design Considerations to Help Your New Lab Get Off on the Right Foot

Investing sizeable sums in lab infrastructure that is expected to yield value for years to come is a considerable undertaking, so it is imperative that you thoroughly examine certain fundamentals before the design process begins in earnest. Having dealt with an extensive variety of budgets, lab types and objectives, we’ve identified 4 primary considerations that will ensure that you’re able to clearly articulate essential lab requirements to your chosen professional team.

1. Understand your lab’s workflow

Labs are generally highly specialised environments and have very specific functions, but should you consider possible demands beyond immediate expectations? Even after creating accurate and detailed workflow diagrams, ask yourself: “What is the current best practice regarding workflow, and could this change given evolving technology and research methods?”

2. Know your instruments

Instruments and equipment are critical components of your workflow, so it is extremely important to have a good understanding of all their inputs and outputs. For example, what built infrastructure is needed to ensure that a piece of equipment or instrument will work correctly, and what configuration will ensure technician safety at all times? An equipment list with supplier manuals are great place to start.

3. Calculate occupancy, both present and future

Staffing requirements are central to defining function and workflow, but another design fundamental is identifying the relationships between human ergonomics, movement within the lab and the arising space requirements. Moreover, consider future staffing requirements for the coming years.

4. Analyze laboratory stock

Knowing stock levels of chemicals, reagents, and samples inside the lab at any given time can drastically improve storage design and maximize safety. For example, knowing all flammable chemicals you intend on keeping and their quantities ensures that everything can be stored in a proper safety cabinet.

Having these basics firmly in hand will give your professional team a solid brief from which to work, and will certainly avoid unpleasant (and even costly) surprises. Feel free to get in touch with Beryl Labs should you require further info or help.