|More often than not, laboratory space allocation is not permanent, and overall space occupancy and workflow needs to be flexible while compliant with regulatory.
Otherwise a great deal on real estate may ultimately cost you. If they shut you down, it’s plain not worth it.
One of the first steps in designing and planning laboratories is to separate the processes to be performed with respect to infrastructure and support.
|The condition of the building and its existing uses best be examined by experienced lab planners– like those at Overbrook – who know first hand the planning, design, engineering, construction, costs and operation of laboratory facilities.
As no two laboratories are alike.
▪ A lab on a one year lease will be very different than a lab with a five year lease.
Overbrook Laboratory Planning & Consulting conducted an on-site assessment prior to move-in by a laboratory which purchased a building at an attractive cost per square foot. Overbrook assessed numerous infrastructure matters:
▪ Mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP);
Specific equipment and workflow process recommendations were provided.
It’s not a great deal if the building isn’t safe
The attraction of the new building’s cost per square foot was still assured, but additional necessary and required adaptations and renovations were recommended in order to ensure safe and efficient operations. OSHA, state and industry safety standards, local fire department regulations, along with optimization of workflow to ensure efficiency and meeting fiscal objectives were all assessed. Today, safety and performance risks were eliminated and workflow efficiencies were attained.
About Laboratory Planning & Design Consulting Services
Services include laboratory set-up, infrastructure development, laboratory quality management system (LQMS), documentation, staffing, training, implementation of testing services, auditing and continual improvement to ensure compliance with organization and government regulations.
The practice focuses on performance improvements conducted with respect to facility MEP along with fire prevention, risks and hazards to personnel.
As such, projects include multiple regulatory standards: The Joint Commission, CAP, CLIA, DEA, FDA, OSHA, NFPA and cGLP regulations. CLIA and CAP inspection proofing is a special concentration provided.