detailed metal brise soleil were all selected to create a place
that enhances, and helps to brand the Pirbright Insitute as
a new, vibrant place to work. The atrium offers a feeling of
spaciousness, while the labs are clinical, but with pockets of
Containment facilities were always a box within a box.
How could there be windows? How would a building with
windows be sealed? Tested? Still, the leaders of Pirbright and
the design team persisted. This facility would usher in a new
model of containment, in which researchers would have natural light, views, interaction with others outside their group,
and a cafeteria—all within the containment barrier.
A risk assessment identified and ranked potential risk,
including the severity of those risks. The design mirrored
the level of risk with a layered approach to containment.
The basic engineering would assure that the labs be sealable
and would realize a negative-pressure air cascade to areas
working with the most dangerous infectious diseases. Nonsolid waste would be processed through an in-house effluent
plant, and all solid waste would be autoclaved. All air would
go through the air systems’ HEPA filters. No infectious virus
would be able to “get out.”
Ahmad Soueid, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, serves as HDR
Architecture’s Director for the S+T Advanced Research
program. With over two decades of focused experience on
buildings, he is considered a leader in the planning, design,
and construction of technically advanced facilities. Soueid is
co-chair of nanoBUILDINGS.com Buildings for Advanced
Technology Workshop series. He can be reached at ahmad.
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a light-filled atmosphere. Image courtesy of HDR Architecture, Inc.; © 2014 James Brittain
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