This Is the second in a series of three articles on lab design. The first article was "How to Plan a Lab BuildIng" (The Scientist, November 17, 1986, P. 15). An upcoming article will deal with furniture for laboratories.

Sooner, or later, everyone working in a laboratory building must face the perplexing question of whether to build a new one or remodel the old one. The answer depends on many considerations. Let's look at some of the more obvious ones.
  • Time. Are you under time constraints that would preclude either new construction or remodeling? New construction is not necessarily the longer process. If you are facing the problem of keeping operational while conducting the remodeling and you must occupy the same lab space, remodeling can take longer.
  • Down time. Along with the total time involved in new construction or remodeling, you must consider whether you can afford the...

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