Case Western Reserve University has built a 19,200-square-foot, $3.1 million electro-physiology laboratory facility with an operating suite for its School of Engineering.
Areas of research for the seven new laboratories include electrical physiology, electrical study of the nervous system, and the process of implanting devices in lab animals to induce electrical COST PER SQ FT$161.45FEATURED IN2004 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized in nerves.
The new laboratory facility provides research space for the following types of laboratories: five animal operating rooms, animal cage room facilities, an in-vivo animal lab, electro-physiology lab, histology lab and electro-fabrication lab.
The new operating room suite consists of a major operating room, four minor implanting/operating rooms, a pre-op room, post-op room and an animal-holding facility, which enables researchers to implant, monitor and study devices implanted into laboratory animals.
Each laboratory space was required to be free of all external electrical noises for the measurement of electrical signals from muscles to implants. To accomplish this requirement, an independent isolated grounding grid was designed and installed in all laboratories.
The project requirements needed to fit within a limited amount of space, so the firm worked closely with the department’s staff and end users to achieve a laboratory facility that meets functional and spatial needs while providing a pleasant work setting to conduct research.