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What to Look for When Searching for Lab Space

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You’re a chemistry professor looking to dive into the private sector. Or your pharmaceutical/manufacturing organization has expanded so much that you’re now running out of space. Or perhaps you have secured a contract research and you are looking to change your current location so that you can be closer to your primary accounts. Irrespective of the size of your company, searching the ideal lab space for rent can be overwhelming. There are limited options in the market and sometimes you may not be conversant with the basic jargon such as clean room classification, FDA approval requirements, permits for land, hi-potency, climate/air changes, as well as fume hoods. Moreover, getting government approvals for your facility requires a high level of expertise all through the process. Yes, as a scientist, you may have the experience to conduct experiments. But you’ll face many difficulties when trying to convert your needs into the ideal size as well as the type of laboratory.

 Primary factors to consider

Going on your own to find a lab space can be tricky. In fact, you aren’t sure of what your first step should be. Before you do anything, you should assess the amount of space your business venture needs. Also, you should determine the type of space you need. You should understand the components of what you need early so as to create an accurate design. And this is likely to save you time and money.

The lab space you need: The factors to consider

So as to come up with an efficient workspace and reduce time spent during the planning stage, you should determine the following factors as early as possible.

  1. The linear feet of benches needed: The Linear feet of benches is dependent on the number of people, amount of instrumentation, the type of instruments needed, plus the overall research requirements.
  2. Hood location: You need to determine if multiple hoods will be in the same room or in separate rooms.
  3. Space for experiments: You should also determine the exact amount of space required in performing projected experiments.
  4. Analytical component: You should determine if there is any analytical component that can be done in same laboratories as the hoods
  5. Mechanical requirements: Do you need compressed air, a vacuum, lab gas, DI water, or re-circulating air?
  6. The size of clean area: You must also determine the amount of clean area needed.

Other factors

You should also determine

  • Office and support area required
  • Loading area needed
  • The type as well as level of finishes
  • The number of scientists and support staff you have
  • The number as well as type of hoods
  • Equipment size clearance needed
  • Type and size of storage
  • lab space for rent

And finally…….

Once you ascertained this information, the components of space requirements can be determined in order to create an accurate design. Therefore, you must start with the design since it is the first step of this process. When properly executed, it is likely to provide an accurate estimate of the cost as well as the expected delivery time for a fully functional lab. Stick to the above points and you’ll find an ideal lab space to rent.