Designed in the mid-1960s, the existing building’s concrete frame structural system was not flexible, and the original labs were designed around standards vastly different from current requirements. This made the University’s goal to modernize the spaces particularly challenging.
New laboratories are structured using a modern lab planning module that improves flexibility, adaptability, and safety. Special attention was paid to access for maintenance and to standardizing the distribution of utilities to provide a consistent safety system from lab to lab. The central core of the building was used to consolidate shared equipment and put science on display through the use of large windows along the circulation spines. This added visibility facilitates user safety and enhances student recruitment. Student work areas are physically separated from wet lab space and provide clear lines of sight into the labs.
On the 2nd floor of Klamath Hall, Guillemin Lab was renovated to study host-microbe interactions in development and disease. This BSL2+ lab works with zebrafish and fruit flies to understand how microbial communities and their hosts interact and influence one another. The lab features new casework, a modern high-performance fume hood, chemical storage, microscopy rooms, incubation, crystallography, and a dedicated microbiology space as well as offices, a computer room, and 24 student workstations. Careful attention was given to high cross-lab visibility, physical reinforcement of lab practices and protocols, and the circulation of clean supplies, glassware, and waste.
The construction of this project was completed in two phases, and was completed while the building remained operational. The University of Oregon requires a high degree of communication and feedback to multiple user groups. Some of the strategies that the team has used in this process include consensus building, lean management, pull planning, robust definitions, goal setting and prioritization, and the creation of a framework for decision-making.
Material Used :
1. Lab casework and fume hoods are manufactured by Mott Manufacturing.
2. Lab plumbing fixtures and safety devices are by WaterSaver.
3. Carpet: Milliken - Lapidus, Sapphire, LIT152, MAN79, COR27
4. Tile: (wall) Mosa - Global Lt Cool Grey Satin 6"x12", Matt Plain Grey Powdermatt 6"x12"
5. Resilient: Ecore - Everlast Basic, Grippin' Gray 10 EL02 23"x23" 8mm
6. Walk-off: Shaw Contract - Bonjour II, Steppin Out, Charcoal 31549
7. Concrete Sealer: Conc Sealer: Spartacote Flex Pure w/ anti-slip additive (Bsmt), Hard Rock Matte (Lvls 12/13)
8. Base: Johnsonite - 4" traditional, Black 40, toeless @ carpet, coved @ concrete; Tile base (above)
9. Paint: Benjamin Moore (or SW match) - Cloud Cover OC-25, Balboa Mist OC-27, Deep Space 2125-2
10. Doors/Relites/Interior Storefront Ceiling: Raco - SolutionsII, Interior Storefront System, 3/8" reveal, black