Sustainable Casework Opportunities for Labs
AIA, and Roger Maynard,
Maynard/David Partnership, Inc.
We worked with Case Systems to develop a wheatboard product that
met both the strict lab requirements for durability and fire safety,
plus the owner's need for products with no off gassing or traits
that would be picked up by its highly sensitive analytical instrumentation.
The objective is to demonstrate that there are options available
that are very cost effective and adaptable to lab casework materials
and construction. Additionally, Case Systems was so impressed by
this alternative that they are implementing a new product line that
uses this product. It is also important to understand that this
is small project - 24,000SF, but that both the casework manufacturer
and the client were willing to explore some alternative solutions
that might well benefit a larger audience.
We want to demonstrate the design process we initiated, present
some of the early iterations and show how we developed the final
product. Case Systems will contribute some costing information to
demonstrate how it achieved success both technically and economically.
We would like to demonstrate how a collaborative design process
can effectively produce exciting and beneficial results, not only
to the client but for the greater community.
Cost is one of the big hurdles, it seems, in developing or trying
new products or new ways of doing things. Green development is not
always an "easy sell' with clients because they perceive that
there are added costs associated with design and construction done
in the name of environment. So it is important to showcase successes
achieved within a variety of often competing criteria. With the
terrific collaboration of the project's owner, Design-Balance, Case
Systems and ourselves, we were able to effect a solution that met
several objectives, including cost and schedule.
The casework material innovation is one of several project items
that were targeted for designing as "sustainable." Indeed,
with the participation of Kelly Karmel, the client, the design team
and the contractor were able to include many elements of the Labs21
The casework solution is noteworthy because it evolved as a whole
team effort on a small project scale - it is important to remember
that this is a relatively small project 24,000SF. However, the quality
of the product developed by Case Systems demonstrates that there
can be sustainable design opportunities for other lab facilities.
Since so many projects are within this square footage range, it
is important to acknowledge how they, too, can contribute to the
Victoria G. David,
AIA, Principal, Maynard/David Partnership, Inc., has over 23 years
experience. Ms. David has planned and designed facilities for a
variety of clients both nationally and internationally, including
health care, corporate and non-profit research and development,
advanced technology, analytical and medical device scientific fields.
Her myriad project roles include project management, strategic facility
planning, master planning, laboratory programming, planning and
design, project coordination, facility assessment, renovation and
new design. Experience includes work performed as Laboratory Planner,
Project Manager, Designer and Project Architect for numerous national
Roger E. Maynard,
AIA, Principal, Maynard/David Partnership, Inc., has 34 years experience
as an architect, project manager and project principal on a full
range of project scopes and sizes. For more than 30 years, he has
focused primarily on laboratory and process intensive industrial
facility design. Project experience includes work by his predecessor
firms, The Planning and Design Group; and Maynard Affiliates; as
well as experience as an independent lab consultant to many nationally
known firms and architects.