Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, MI
The new CMU College of Medicine Lab Research Facility was constructed as part of the Campus Master Plan to facilitate a new College of Medicine. Due to schedule constraints and the ever changing medical landscape, the facility needed to be constructed on an extremely fast tracked pace. Clark Construction was selected by the University to design and build this state-of-the-art facility in a 6 month time frame. This new research laboratory facility is a 13,500 sq.ft., single-story building that will house 8 laboratories. The building is organized by three separate zones:
Lab Zone – the primary function is to house the wet lab research activities. The laboratories are organized around a central double-loaded corridor. The main labs are located along the exterior wall allowing for natural light and better color rendition. The support labs are positioned between the corridor and the main labs. This configuration enables a higher level of environmental control for temperature and humidity stability, air pressure and cleanliness. All lab air is required to be 100% outside supply air and 100% exhausted to the outdoors.
Office Zone – or “dry lab area” features a waiting area, reception, offices, an open work area, multipurpose copy room, break room and a conference room. The co-location of office functions provides a centralized area for people to brainstorm and collaborate. The physical separation from the lab environment prevents biological and chemical exposure to people performing administrative, office and analytical activities. It also offers the opportunity for air recirculation reducing operational costs.
Service Zone – this area provides space for building support such as mechanical and electrical rooms. A service entry/staging area is provided for the delivery of materials and equipment and the removal of waste. This area includes storage rooms for isotopes and biological waste.
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