State Public Health Laboratory
As Arizona's high through-put laboratory, the State Public Health Laboratory is designed to handle a large quantity of specimens requiring minimal testing, (mostly for testing related to the environment), and a small quantity of specimens for a higher degree of testing, (including those of unknown origin). The lab is designed to facilitate the process of accurate cataloging and testing of specimens of varying quantities and types.
Employing centralized accessioning, which is more common in private sector laboratories, specimens enter the lab at a single discreet location and then follow separate paths to dedicated labs. Dangerous pathogens and specimens of unknown origin are logged in and split in a glove box adjacent to the accessioning entrance, where they remain, minimizing the possibility of contamination of both specimens and people.
The design concept interweaves flexibility with safety: the guiding principle being "open where possible, closed where required." Most of the labs are open, filled with natural light, and adaptable to easily handle whatever arises. Other labs, with more stringent requirements, are enclosed. Glass panels maintain transparency. A high-containment suite can be isolated to be used by CDC scientists in the event of an emergency such as an outbreak of disease, or a bio-terrorist event.
- Type of Construction: New Construction
- Size: 73,000 SF (6,750m2)
- Professional Services: Architecture, Engineering, Planning
- Project Components: Amenity Spaces, Auditorium, BSL 3 Biocontainment, Cafeteria/Dining, Collaborative Space, Infectious Disease Laboratory, Laboratory
- Project Type: Basic and Applied Science Facilities, Containment, Government and Institutional
- Related Projects: Architecture, Public Health, Science & Technology