> >7. Discuss FE. What type? Where?
I'm not clear what FE means in this context (or any context for that matter).
Mary Beth, your description of the exercise mentions the stakeholders as "scientists, engineers, and other users of the facility". I'm not sure if these groups include the facility support staff (operating engineers and mechanics) for the building once it starts up, but they are a key component to meeting the design expectations for the lab. I have seen many situations where the operating staff are "gifted" new lab buildings which include emerging building technologies are outside their expertise. The only resource they are provided in making the building work is 30 minutes of "training" from the sales force of the vendors. The specific example I have in mind are ventilation control systems and fume hood alarm systems which are unintelligible to everyone involved in the building after it is occupied.
A resource in this regard is the National Academy Press report Laboratory Design, Construction, and Renovation
Participants, Process, and Product (2000)
which is an under-used resource in helping to understand the community of stakeholders who need to be included in design discussions.
Good luck with this very interesting project!
Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
Environmental Safety Manager
Keene State College
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