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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B Statement of Task." National Research Council. 2000. Laboratory Design, Construction, and Renovation: Participants, Process, and Product. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/9799.
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APPENDIX B
Statement of Task

The committee on the Design, Construction, and Renovation of Laboratory Facilities will provide guidance on effective approaches for building laboratory facilities in the chemical and biomedical sciences. The study will provide a framework of prudent practices for the members of the scientific community; the facilities managers and architects that work with them in constructing or modifying laboratories; the various federal, state, and local governmental bodies that must develop regulations and monitor compliance; and the federal agencies and private foundations that invest their limited funds in construction and renovation projects. The goal of the study is to provide guidance that can result in buildings that provide effective and flexible laboratories, are safe for laboratory workers, are compatible with the surrounding environment, have the support of the neighboring community and governmental agencies, and can be constructed in a cost-effective manner.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B Statement of Task." National Research Council. 2000. Laboratory Design, Construction, and Renovation: Participants, Process, and Product. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/9799.
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Laboratory facilities are complex, technically sophisticated, and mechanically intensive structures that are expensive to build and to maintain. Hundreds of decisions must be made before and during new construction or renovation that will determine how successfully the facility will function when completed and how successfully it can be maintained once put into service.

This book provides guidance on effective approaches for building laboratory facilities in the chemical and biochemical sciences. It contains both basic and laboratory-specific information addressed to the user community-the scientists and administrators who contract with design and construction experts. The book will also be important to the design and construction communities-the architects, laboratory designers, and engineers who will design the facility and the construction personnel who will build it-to help them communicate with the scientific community for whom they build laboratory facilities.

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