Centered Design for High Performance Laboratories
Jonathan C. Weiss, RA, MS, O'Neal,
Kath Williams, Ed.D., U.S. Green Buildings
Currently, the movement towards high performance or sustainable
laboratories has focused on the energy and material resource effectiveness
during their design, construction, and operations. Such laboratories
can not really be sustainable if they do not consider the human
condition- those physical, psychological, and behavioral attributes
that define the 4-dimensional, perceptual, and cognitive worlds
that humans occupy. How the design of a laboratory supports and
enhances the ability of people to successfully perform their tasks
will, in large part, determine the sustainability of a facility.
Human Centered Design for High Performance Laboratories is a comprehensive
and anticipatory systems approach to laboratory design that takes
into account how the physical facility issues, the needs of people,
and the formation and interaction of the project team throughout
the life cycle of the facility impacts the sustainable design outcome.
A case will be made for a design process that reflects the intention
of design professionals and facility owners to create truly sustainable
laboratories. These facilities will optimize the use of human,
material, and financial resources by ensuring that the facility
reflects a synergistic design that incorporates the physical, psychological,
and behavioral needs of people with the technical issues of effective
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