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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Building 401

The projects included in the 4th floor fit-out of the National Center for Infectious Diseases / The Division of Vector-Borne Diseases Replacement Laboratory Facility are of 3 general types: office areas, BSL2 labs and support and BSL3 laboratories. WSP USA’s approach to delivering a quality project takes into account subtle differences between the BSL2 labs and BSL2 support spaces and between different types of BSL3 laboratories (HEPA filtered and non-HEPA filtered). The BSL2 laboratories are designed as a combination of open flexible labs and enclosed dedicated support labs. The open BSL2 labs consist mainly of open bench areas and space for small bench top equipment.

 

Support labs are smaller rooms with dedicated equipment layouts tailored to specific functions and include microscopy rooms, reagent rooms, equipment rooms, procedure rooms and tissue culture labs.  The BSL3 laboratories are designed as enclosed areas for concentrated work on agents requiring BSL3 containment. Lab layouts provide space for biosafety cabinets, supporting equipment and a small amount of bench space. The BSL3 laboratories are designed to withstand the physical, thermal, moisture and chemical affects due to normal operating procedures of typical BSL3/BSL3E laboratory spaces including wipe down and chemical disinfecting. All service penetrations into the BSL3 laboratories are sealed.

Highlights include:

  • HEPA filtered BSL3 labs

  • State-of-the-Art BSL2/3 Laboratories

  • Open and Flexible BSL2 Design

  • Simplified Maintenance Outside

  • Containment Areas

  • Enhancement of Medical Research Programs