Stantec Designers Author Book Chapter on Designing Teaching Labs
Chapter focuses on balancing competing demands in modern labs
Three Stantec designers who specialize in education facilities have authored a chapter in a new book about designing teaching laboratories. Published by the American Chemical Society, Innovations and Renovations: Designing the Teaching Laboratory highlights projects, best practices, and considerations for academic institutions embarking on a lab construction or renovation project.
The Stantec chapter, titled “Pressure Point: Balancing the Competing Demands of Chemistry Lab Design,” examines the options lab owners have for finding a balance among the sometimes competing factors of safety, space utilization, and energy efficiency during the design process. The chapter analyzes the pros, cons, and expected savings or concessions of different design choices and gives examples of ways to creatively use lab space to meet program goals.
The chapter was written by Stantec engineer Jim Eyth and architects Michael Reagan and Alex Wing. All three have worked on dozens of teaching lab projects across the US, including the new Cornell University Physical Sciences Building, Carnegie Mellon Nano Bioenergy Technology Building, and the Ohio State Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry building.
The book is available for purchase on the American Chemical Society website.
Stantec has worked on college campuses for nearly 60 years, designing over 200 academic facilities, from labs and classroom buildings to residence halls and student centers.
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