From: Barbara Foster <bfoster**At_Symbol_Here**WVU.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] New Science Building- Things to Look Out For
Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:43:36 +0000
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU>
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         Appropriately sized spaces to accommodate students with disabilities (and service dogs or signers for hearing impaired students)

         Be prepared to fight for drains for your safety showers

         Ample storage space away from the benchtops for coats, backpacks, purses, etc.

         Generous fume hood/bench space for each student

         Do you require balance/instrument rooms that are separate from the labs?

         Think about what you need in terms of data ports, AV equipment, and large monitors and their placement within the rooms

         A desk up front for your TA and design the labs so that the TA has a clear line of sight to all of the students, if possible

         Intercom system needed?

         What do you need for the prep room and stockroom? Storage systems, benches, fume hoods, etc.

         Fire suppression systems - the project manager will require your full chemical inventory for this

         Equipment that will require special electrical outlets

         Placement of white boards/blackboards in the labs

         Dispensing hoods for experimental work and also for the haz waste containers in the labs


Just a few thoughts on a Friday. Feel free to contact me directly if you have additional questions. As you can tell, we went through this a few years ago to totally renovate some labs on the Evansdale campus.


Barbara L. Foster

College Safety Officer

Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

West Virginia University

DCHAS Fellow - American Chemical Society

304-293-2729 (desk)

304-276-0099 (mobile)


From: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of Melissa Anderson
Sent: Thursday, November 16, 2017 7:28 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] New Science Building- Things to Look Out For


Hi Everyone,


We're in the planning process for a new science building (we're a two-year community college with a strong STEM reputation and a very small informal undergrad research program). Does anyone have any lessons learned or other recommendations as we start working with the architects when it comes to planning out our chemistry labs?




Melissa Anderson

Chemistry Instructor

Pasadena City College

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