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HDR Leads Development of Guidelines for Renovating, Designing Laboratories

The Association of Public Health Laboratories has released “Laboratory Facility Construction and Major Renovations Guidelines.” HDR led the development of the guidelines, which provide a general overview of some of the core activities included in the laboratory renovation and design process.

The primary intent of the document is to complement other more prescriptive documents (e.g., the CDC BMBL) by educating laboratory management, scientists and staff about the steps required to successfully complete a renovation or design for their facility. The guide is divided into 10 sections, with each section providing detailed descriptions of the various steps of the process and diagrams highlighting key ideas:

  1. The Big Picture: Mission and Values
  2. Program Planning
  3. Project Team
  4. Principles of Laboratory Design
  5. Advancing Concept Development
  6. Buy-in
  7. In-Country Design and Contractor Selection
  8. Documents for Construction
  9. Construction and Oversight
  10. Operations & Maintenance

“Renovating or designing a new laboratory can be a daunting task, especially if you have never gone through the process before,” said Warren Hendrickson, HDR’s director of public health and a member of APHL’s global health committee. “Assisting APHL in developing these guidelines was a great opportunity for HDR to share best practices with the larger industry. We hope that the guidelines are helpful to many organizations as they transform their laboratories, regardless of construction budget.” 

APHL works to strengthen laboratory systems serving the public’s health in the United States and globally. Operating for over 20 years, they are recognized internationally as a leader in laboratory science and practice. The guidelines are hosted on their website and available to the public.

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