Laser Labs: Resolving Competing Needs of Measurement Uncertainty Minimization and Sustainability

David Sereno, Affiliated Engineers, Inc.
Matthew Garrett, Flad Architects

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As the world scientists explore becomes ever smaller, the tools required to pilot their research must shrink with them; enter the laser. This presentation will carefully address space planning and MEP design nuances to effect a robust environment for laser deployment, specifically:

  1. Laser safety and ergonomics will be addressed by laboratory design.
  2. Laser performance will be addressed by CFD (computational fluid dynamics), informing ventilation design.
  3. The presenters will share CFD advancements and tricks to arrive at better data, faster.
  4. Laser humidity sensitivity will be explained on several fronts: envelope integrity, low RH requirement, and consequent effect on winter chilled water (glycol) and heat reclaim efficiency opportunities.
  5. Ancillary equipment layout to minimize vibration, recycle heat rejection, and attenuate noise will be shared.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the critical Laser Lab criteria: Temperature, Humidity, Air Cleanliness and Vibration/Noise Isolation;
  • Understand CFD advancements and limitations;
  • Understand the ramifications of low, relative humidity in laboratories and how to cost effectively address associated challenges; and
  • Understand ancillary equipment required to support laser labs: glycol chillers, ventilation and vibration isolation.


As AEI's Industrial Test Facility market leader, Dave Sereno, PE, LEED AP, leads laboratory design projects that typically require low levels of measurement uncertainty, high hazards, and high utility loads. Sophisticated test equipment needs to be carefully integrated for safety,performance, sustainability and reliability. Critical tolerances apply to noise, temperature, vibration, pressure, cleanliness, and humidity.

Matt brings more than 20 years of professional experience as a project manager and architect for higher education facilities. He has an understanding of sophisticated teaching and research environments and the building systems needed to create them. As a Project Manager, he is responsible for overall project continuity, including: communication with the client, consultants, and internal team; project understanding; approval process; project records; and staff recruitment and development.


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