Addressing lab design trends: Part 1 – Atriums and vertical openings

Addressing lab design trends: Part 1 – Atriums and vertical openings

By Simon Goodhead, Director Atlanta office and Jeremy Lebowitz, Director of Development for Laboratory and Industrial, JENSEN HUGHES

Addressing lab design trends Part 1_imageAt the 2015 Laboratory Design Conference two distinct themes arose: 1) new development of new lab buildings is slowing, resulting in more reuse and alteration projects to existing labs; and 2) daylight and vertical integration is a leading desire for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research.

In a series of two articles, we will explore the implications of these trends from a fire safety and code perspective. Each article will focus on a specific challenge to allow for maximum flexibility and use of space, minimizing construction costs through consideration of advanced fire science, and outline solutions for common design challenges.

At the 2015 Laboratory Design Conference, an atrium was featured in each of the overseas Laboratory of the Year Award winners and the Emory Chemistry Building Addition tour. The challenge many designers, contractors and owners face in the U.S. is how to achieve the vertical openings without overly burdensome costs. This article will focus on daylight; an important part of the collaboration equation, and one which often results in consideration of vertical openings as an owner’s go-to ideal. The following will explore the multiple vertical opening concepts available to designers, while considering value-based solutions and analysis methods.

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Topics: Fire and Life Safety Code Consulting