Food Safety and Metrology Laboratory
This facility houses two laboratories for departments of the Office of General Services: the New York State Food Lab and the State Metrology Lab. The food lab provides testing for "specific health hazards, purity and accuracy of labeling" in food and beverages. (The lab received national attention in 2007 when researchers identified a toxic substance in pet food that other labs had failed to identify.) The State Metrology Lab—part of the Bureau of Weights and Measurements—maintains the State's standards of mass, volume, length, and temperature, and offers calibration services to public- and private-sector organizations to assure that instruments used for measuring are accurate. The lab is part of the state Bureau of Weights and Measures. Metrology is located on the ground floor, and food labs and offices occupy the upper floors.
The building is a simple, three-story (plus penthouse) structure that defines the north edge of the Harriman Campus green. Its form derives from a scale--a reference to measurement--with the vertical articulation of much of the building like lines on a scale. The "bar" of the building is comprised of glass-clad offices with a metal shading screen along the southern edge, providing daylight into the open offices as well as into the labs behind. The labs are clad in insulated metal panels. The entrance lobby and two-story "floating" atrium at the west end of the building balances the high-bay metrology lab on the east, like weights on either end of a scale. The metal-paneled atrium block contains a recessed double-height window that offers a framed view to the green. It is recessed deep into the metal-clad box, and further shaded by horizontal metal louvers. Straightforward and simple in form, interior spaces are clearly expressed on the exterior.
- 2014 Nation's Healthiest Lab Award - Association of Public Health Laboratories
- Type of Construction: New Construction
- Size: 82,000 SF
- Professional Services: Architecture, Engineering, Laboratory Design
- Project Components: Community Space, Conference Room, Equipment Lab, Laboratory, Metrology Laboratory, Offices
- Project Type: Basic and Applied Science Facilities, Government and Institutional
- Related Projects: Architecture, Public Health, Science & Technology
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