I2SL’s Emerald City Chapter talks Lab Quality Programs, Sustainability Laboratory Assessments

(July 1, 2016) The makings of a great lab quality program and the use of sustainable laboratory assessments to improve bottom-line performance were discussed in depth at the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) Emerald City Chapter meeting in June.  The event brought together participants from various organizations, including Battelle, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and HDR, to discuss how to optimize organizational policies and procedures to improve quality and sustainability performance in laboratories.  

During the meeting, Kerry Cobb of Batelle reviewed how to implement Good Laboratory Practices (GLPs), regulations that provide a quality system of management controls for laboratories to assist with ensuring the uniformity, consistency, reliability, reproducibility, quality, and integrity of non-clinical safety studies.  Additionally, Kathleen Judd of PNNL discussed how the lab's Sustainability Program aims to improve triple-bottom-line performance by targeting changes in occupant behavior, technology selection, and organizational policies and procedures.

HDR's Burcin Moehring, FAIA, member at large on the Board of Directors for the I2SL Emerald City Chapter and founder of the Windy City Chapter, organized the Emerald City chapter event with Dr. Gavin Hougham, Battelle, in Seattle. Sponsored by Affiliated Engineers and ATS Building Solutions, it was the most well-attended event the chapter has hosted to date.

I2SL is dedicated to the design, engineering, and operation of sustainable laboratories and other high-technology facilities worldwide.  HDR is committed to engaging organizations like I2SL to better understand the specific challenges laboratory managers face around the world and to promote a dialog with the larger architecture and construction industries that informs the design of successful, future-oriented laboratory solutions.