Biocontainment Agendas And An Increase In Support Apparatus Impact
Laboratory Design Requirements
Michael R. Somin,
AIA, Earl Walls Associates
There is a new laboratory planning type that is evolving in part
due to September 11, 2001. Biocontainment is presenting a new form
of laboratory that has grown into a major building type. Biocontainment
facilities are being designed for private sector, agricultural,
governmental health, and university research for both national/
international facilities. The studies are divergent and include
contagious diseases, new drug discovery, plant and insect pests,
animal diseases and bioterrorism. The space requirements have increased
from two room suites five years ago to entire floors of research
and clinical facilities in current designs. More and larger lab
apparatus, the need to share the facilities with many group efforts,
along with new directions of investigative and safety requirements
are forcing the area increase. Designing for energy conservation
and sustainable design in such an environment is challenging with
the emerging guidelines for such facilities becoming more restrictive.
Learn what issues confront the design of similar facilities.
Michael R. Somin is an internationally
recognized authority on the programming and design of laboratories.
As one of five principals in the firm, Mr. Somin has participated
in many of Earl Walls Associates' most highly acclaimed and award-winning
facilities. His 40 years of experience includes designing hundreds
of laboratory projects for myriad clients representing commerce,
government, academia, health care and institutional research; housing
nearly every scientific discipline and ranging in all sizes and
levels of complexity. These services have encompassed Facility
Assessment, Master Planning, Programming, Grant Proposal Assistance,
Schematic Assistance, Design Development (Program Drawings), Construction
Documents and Construction Services.
Mr. Somin received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of
Illinois and is a member of the American Institute of Architects,
American Chemical Society, American Association for Laboratory
Animal Science, and Labs for the 21st Century. He has been a speaker
and presenter for numerous organizations and associations within
the design industry.
Earl Walls Associates is an architectural and engineering firm
specializing in laboratory design, planning, and engineering. With
over 1,500 laboratory projects since their founding in 1961, the
firm has received numerous accolades, including being the recipient
of 18 honors by R&D Magazine's Laboratory of the Year competition,
as well as recognition by the American Institute of Architects
for their significant contribution to the industry.