Creating Responsive Lab Environments

School of Medicine, Yale University

The pace of technology change continues to accelerate, and keeping up with emerging technologies is a priority for Yale University School of Medicine (YSM). Today’s laboratories must be responsive to present needs and capable of accommodating future demands.  To accommodate YSM’s biotechnology needs, its offices and laboratories have significant state-of-the-art infrastructure in place, thanks in part to the design and construction teams who work closely with YSM’s facilities staff.

BVH has completed over 20 projects for YSM, ranging in scope from phased renovations to fit-outs of advanced equipment- and systems-intensive laboratories and offices for the Departments of Neurology, Ophthalmology, Immuno-Biology, Psychology and Cardiology.

Many of the projects we have completed are small and complex, requiring extensive planning to maximize space use. Built in older buildings with challenging infrastructure, several projects have taken place in operating buildings that require working around ongoing research or clinical activities.

BVH’s MEP design engineering projects include:

  • Neurology Lab on the 8th floor of 300 George Street, for a 5,000-SF research laboratory with state-of-the-art HVAC, emergency power and laboratory gas systems designed to serve general laboratory space. Tissue culture (BSL-2 and BSL-3), fume hoods, flow cytometry, bioinformatics functions and equipment support are included.
  • Relocation of a Mass Spectrometry suite, including four units and installation of one new unit, a design-build delivery project.
  • Fit-out and conversion of an office area into a state-of-the-art vivarium with energy recovery, electronic monitoring and recording for AAALAC accreditation and species-specific humidity and temperature control.
  • Gates Grant 2nd floor renovations: extended plumbing/lab support systems, new emergency shower/eyewash, ductwork layout modifications and balancing, power branch circuit revisions, lighting relocations; Extension and relocation of laboratory water, air and vacuum to accommodate new wall layout; HVAC systems extension and rebalancing to accommodate the new layout and load requirements.
  • Zebrafish Laboratory conversion of a 900-SF chemistry lab into an aquatics core facility that included supplemental structural reinforcement, diurnal lighting and species-specific humidity and temperature control.




electrical, mechanical