Energy Efficiency And Environmental Performance
Opportunities In Biological Containment Facilities
Jon Crane and Joe
Phillips, CUH2A, Inc.
The unique and specialized requirements of high level biological
containment create significant constraints for facility designers
and operators alike. Technical issues from interior atmospheric
control and waste management through more global concerns of security
and worker welfare dominate these projects. Yet, sustainable design
principles can be successfully applied to favorably influence energy
efficiency, environmental impact, and human performance within
essential safety specifications. This presentation uses case studies
of the most current biocontainment facilities to illustrate how
optimum performance for containment and sustainability are achieved
in this complex building type. Basic principles and models of biological
containment are presented for facilities supporting research, medical
diagnostics, and bioterrorism investigations. Practical solutions
to the most important issues of these facilities demonstrate how
to integrate high level environmental health and safety performance
with environmentally responsible design in new facilities and retrofits.
Detailed topics include activity- based cost models, risk management
and design strategies, and MEP system approaches.
Jon Crane, AIA has dedicated his career
to the planning and design of biological containment facilities.
He is the sole architect among the editors of the CDC/NIH Guidelines
for Biomedical and Microbiological Laboratories and has consulted
on containment facilities around the world. His clients include
CDC, NIH, USDA, USAMRIID, and international, state and local health
agencies. He is Managing Director of CUH2A's Atlanta office and
leads the firm's biocontainment activities globally.
AIA is one of CUH2A's leading experts in science facility planning
and design. A former scientist and laboratory manager, now a licensed
architect, he is assists clients meeting their performance needs
with intelligent use of their resources. Widely published on general
principles of laboratory planning and design, Joe's specialized
expertise extends to biological containment, environmental health
and safety, and sustainable design.