Plan of a laboratory building
Requirement by the builder-owner
L Laboratory planner
G Gouvernement agency
EE Electrical engineering
The building process for a laboratory is a complex process. The planning of the building, the building services engineering and the laboratory construction have to occur mutually.A purely sequential planning reduces the building services engineering planning to a positioning of equipment in a space. In this way, it is not possible to build flexible and cost-effective laboratory buildings. Just to build a structure around the laboratory equipment is also not the best way to achieve a good laboratory building. It is evident that the urban development will be neglected.Therefore, room structures, meeting points and the relationships between laboratory rooms and the space used are much more important. These have often been insufficiently considered. It is important to keep in mind that the functions, aims and basic conditions of laboratory buildings vary continuously. An optimum between availability, design and sustainability in a cost-effective way has to be found for each plan.An interdisciplinary planning team is required for this interdisciplinary challenge. The architect, the user and the laboratory planner have to work together in an interactive process in order to develop the fundament of the new laboratory building.Thus, the architect’s skill for envisaging rooms and structure, the description of the challenges and the structural assessment for the user are as important as the laboratory planner’s experience of laboratory processes, technical options and legal needs. Furthermore, the laboratory planner – because of his overlapping knowledge – has also somewhat of a translatory function between the architect and the user in this process.In a further step, the specific basic information will be transferred through the axis of the architect and laboratory planner to the building services engineer. Afterwards, it will be implemented in the concept determination through the interactive processes between architect, laboratory planner, heater/ventilation/sanitary (HVS) engineer, electric power expert, etc. The aim is to achieve the optimal building functionality. Meanwhile, the structural engineer steers the backbone of the building.The integration of the regulatory authorities for the permission and utilisation of the building is targeted to implement the specifications and the comprehensive body of legislation for the building safety needed. In this way, the quality of the building is enhanced. This is carried out for all activities from research and diagnostics to education.This interactive schema forms a diamond, as the adjacent diagram illustrates. This process symbolises our planning philosophy and, for this reason, we chose the diamond as the central element for our logo.
Based on the Confucian quotation, “The journey is the reward”, we are convinced that the journey is not the end in itself, but it has to lead through collaborative planning to a functional outcome. This outcome – the AIM – is a functional laboratory building, which has been optimally realised under the consideration of the requirements of the building owners and user exigencies.