Planning Science Facilities For Education (Lab Design Concepts)


Published on - Longo offers a comprehensive planning series dedicated to science labs in education. Featured here is an excerpt of a science facilities planning program directed towards architects and interior designers interested to learn about the most common designs available - it is also available to schools interested in renovating their current science labs and/or building new lab space.

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Planning Science Facilities For Education (Lab Design Concepts)

  1. 1. Planning Science Facilities For Education <ul><li>Laboratory Design Concepts & Furniture </li></ul>
  2. 2. Variables <ul><li>Educational level </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Elementary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High School </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>College </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University / Research </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Discipline </li></ul><ul><ul><li>General Science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chemistry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Physics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. This presentation will focus primarily on high school level science facilities <ul><li>Design Criteria </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Laboratory Safety </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student Supervision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student/Teacher Sight Lines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instructor Preparation Time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ADA Requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Proper Utilization Of Floor Space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mechanical Costs </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. General Guidelines <ul><li>Limit class sizes to no more than 24 </li></ul><ul><li>45 sq.ft. per student minimum </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For laboratory only </li></ul></ul><ul><li>60 sq.ft per student minimum </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For laboratory / classroom combination </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Number of accidents increase considerably when area / student ratio drops below 1:41 </li></ul>
  5. 5. General Guidelines <ul><li>Chemical storage guideline of 1 sq.ft. per student </li></ul><ul><li>Preparation area guideline of 9 – 10 sq.ft. per student </li></ul><ul><li>Horizontal work surface guideline of 9 sq.ft. per student </li></ul><ul><li>Ceiling height of 10’ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For ventilation, visibility, projection </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. General Guidelines <ul><li>48” minimum aisles </li></ul><ul><li>36” minimum between fixed objects </li></ul><ul><li>Wall cases: mount 18” – 24” above work surface (varies with lab level) </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid alcoves </li></ul><ul><li>Address secondary egress </li></ul>
  7. 7. Pier Table Lab Design
  8. 8. Pier Table Lab Design
  9. 9. Wood Pier Lab with Sinks & Fixtures
  10. 10. Wood Pier Stations
  11. 11. Maple Pier Tables
  12. 12. Plastic Laminate Pier Tables
  13. 13. Plastic Laminate Pier Tables with Wood Grain Appearance
  14. 14. Pier Lab Design Concerns
  15. 15. Laminate Laboratory Casework
  16. 16. Laminate Pier Tables
  17. 17. Trifacial Island Lab Design
  18. 18. Trifacial Island Lab Design Details
  19. 19. Trifacial Construction Details <ul><li>34-gallon sink </li></ul><ul><li>Designed especially for earth and life sciences, with a large wash-up sink for easy clean up </li></ul><ul><li>Available in molded fiberglass or with a chemically resistant, epoxy-resin top </li></ul><ul><li>Available in fixed and moveable models </li></ul><ul><li>The Trifacial is adjustable at the time of installation, allowing the island to be installed at the optimum height for planned working conditions. </li></ul><ul><li>Equipped with three vandal-resistant Unicast cold water and gas fixtures and three GFI duplex electrical receptacles </li></ul>
  20. 21. Trifacial Unit with Fiberglass Understructure & Steel Pedestal
  21. 22. Trifacial Island Center in Biology Lab Setting
  22. 23. TE II Laboratory Design
  23. 24. TE II Construction Details <ul><li>9” Wide Molded Epoxy Resin Trough And Raised Turrets </li></ul><ul><li>Epoxy Resin Countertop With </li></ul><ul><li>Molded Raised Perimeter Edge </li></ul><ul><li>Modular Storage Cubicles </li></ul><ul><li>14 Ga. Steel Pedestal </li></ul><ul><li>Formed Fiberglass Support </li></ul><ul><li>Vandal Resistant Fixtures </li></ul><ul><li>With Powder Coat Finish </li></ul><ul><li>ADA Version </li></ul>
  24. 25. TEII Student Lab Tables with Gray Epoxy Resin Counter Tops
  25. 26. TE II Tables with Black Epoxy Resin Tops Iona Preparatory High School in New Rochelle, NY
  26. 27. TEII Lab Tables with Storage Option
  27. 28. TE II Lab Centers in Combination Chemistry/Biology Laboratory Academy of Holy Angels in Demarest, NJ
  28. 29. Lab Design Best Practices <ul><li>Students should face teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Share support / prep space (with adjacent lab spaces) </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid raised reagent shelves </li></ul><ul><li>Allow access to shared storage from hallways (without entering lab) </li></ul><ul><li>Provide windows to general storage </li></ul>
  29. 30. Axis Infinity Laboratory Tables
  30. 32. Axis Table Characteristics <ul><li>Table height adjusts from a sitting height of 30″ to a standing height of 36″ </li></ul><ul><li>Infrared remote control for adjustable table-surface height </li></ul><ul><li>Molded, raised-edge, chemically resistant top </li></ul><ul><li>Sink assembly with two vandal-resistant Unicast cold water and gas fixtures </li></ul><ul><li>Available with or without sink </li></ul><ul><li>Frontal ADA wheelchair accessible at all points of use </li></ul><ul><li>Optional mobile storage cubicles designed specifically to work with the Axis Table are available and are sold separately. </li></ul><ul><li>Two-tiered 19-gallon ADA compliant sink </li></ul><ul><li>Student privacy panels available </li></ul>
  31. 33. Modern Chemistry Lab Design
  32. 34. High School Chemistry Lab
  33. 36. High School Science Lab
  34. 39. Reference Sources <ul><li>National Science Teachers Association </li></ul><ul><li>National Science Educational Leadership Association </li></ul><ul><li>Americans with Disabilities Act </li></ul><ul><li>Prudent Practices in the Laboratory </li></ul>
  35. 40. Longo Contact Information <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>(800) 635-6646 </li></ul><ul><li>(860) 904-4408 Connecticut, Rhode Island </li></ul><ul><li>(201) 825-1500 New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania </li></ul><ul><li>(508) 635-4354 Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont </li></ul>