Animal Food Nutrition Laboratory Fitout - Massey University


Turitea Campus - Massey University
Palmerston North, New Zealand

The existing Food Nutrition laboratory was housed within a number of small interconnecting rooms in the Ag/Hort A building, dating back to the early 1970's. It was no longer adequate to accommodate the increased work load, new equipment or the technological demands of a modern testing and analytical laboratory.

Lab-works Architecture have designed a laboratory which is a vibrant architectural addition to the Ag/Hort complex. The open laboratory spaces have been designed to be as flexible as possible to allow for future changes in technology, installation of new equipment and the introduction of new assays.

The laboratory is set out with the analytical and testing areas positioned around the perimeter with shared work spaces such as the balance room, wash-up, centrifuge and storage areas in the middle of the building. Consideration has also been given to vision from the write-up area through to the laboratory and within the laboratory itself to improve observation of the staff safety and laboratory protocols. Mobile benching will allow for access to the rear of analytical equipment for servicing and maintenance without the need for dismantling or disconnection of equipment.

To further enhance staff safety, specially designed safety stations have been incorporated which will include first aid kits, bund kits and fire extinguishers adjacent to the safety shower and eye washes. The colour of these areas has been contrasted from the overall colour scheme to draw attention to their location in case of emergency.

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