Laboratory design, construction, and renovation : by National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Design,

By National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Design, Construction, and Renovation of Laboratory Facilities

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Because the processes of designing and constructing a laboratory building are dominated by the activities of the design and construction professionals, this chapter is divided into sections that correspond to the professionally designated phases of a project: predesign, design/documentation, construction, and postconstruction. It is, however, essential for the facility’s owner, users, and other individuals collectively known to the design professional as the client to understand the responsibilities and limitations of the design and construction professionals and the means by which the client can most meaningfully contribute to the success of the project.

RECOMMENDATIONS To address the human issues in a laboratory construction or renovation project, the committee recommends the following actions: 1. Provide institutional leadership. A person committed to the success of a laboratory renovation or construction project should be identified early in the project. This person will serve as the “champion” for the life of the project. 2. Select an experienced design professional. A successful laboratory construction or renovation project requires the services of a design professional with demonstrated experience and success in laboratory design and construction of the type and scale required in the project.

The design professional can assist in the develop- 38 LABORATORY DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION, AND RENOVATION ment of a template of these potential nonconstruction costs but, again, an independent cost estimator should also be engaged. If the budget is predetermined, the estimated project budget—and the actual work to be done—may have to be adjusted. Application of Predesign Phase Report Build versus Renovate One purpose of developing planning alternatives is to help decide whether to build a new or renovate an existing research facility.

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