How Co-Localization of Shared Research Equipment Can Impact the Design and Engineering of Both New and Renovated Laboratory Buildings

May 14, 2020
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Eastern Time


As a follow-up to a recent webinar about shared resources in laboratories, typically freezers, this presentation will expand on the impacts of co-locating freezers and other equipment in regards to architecture and MEP building systems.

In the past, researchers would purchase, install and maintain their own equipment including freezers, centrifuges, and incubators among other large equipment that could be shared. From an architectural and MEP design standpoint, these distributed pieces of equipment require distributed dedicated power, space, access and air conditioning all built into a larger lab – taking away precious floor space that could be used as program research space. From an energy perspective, when equipment is distributed it is usually conditioned as part of the larger lab which forces the air change rates and air conditioning to be higher than needed for the space. With 1-pass air, there is often less energy recovered by going through conventional energy recovery systems versus a point of use air conditioning system.

This presentation will focus on various methods to approach this issue from a building design perspective, and will use examples of past projects to illustrate these newer practices.

This webinar is the second part of a series presented by I2SL.

Learning Objectives:

  • Architectural methods of co-locating freezers and other critical equipment into dedicated equipment rooms.
  • Methods for cooling of equipment rooms.
  • Reliability strategies for these critical equipment rooms.
  • Lessons Learned for co-locating equipment.


Register for the webinar today.

Instructor Biography

Alicia Pandimos-Maurer is a senior lab planner, equipment planner, and project architect at DGA in San Diego. Her specialties include high performance envelope design, genetics, gene and cell therapy, personalized medicine, microbiology, cell culture, PCR, and sequencing labs. Alicia is an experienced sustainability specialist and LEED consultant focused on bringing this knowledge to other professionals. She helped found the Colorado chapter of I2SL and is involved in the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and AIA Triangle Chapter Committee on the Environment (COTE).

Sean Convery, PE is a Mechanical Principal at Cator, Ruma & Associates. He was named President of the Colorado I2SL Chapter in 2019. Sean’s 25 years of mechanical design experience include energy-efficient mechanical systems for wet and dry research labs, critical environments, government projects, veterinary medicine, healthcare, utility and service infrastructure upgrades, and central plants. He has been involved in the design of over 80 lab projects, many of them Bio-Safety Level 3 (BSL-3).


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