Refurbishing your Laboratory with Little or No Downtime

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In an environment where attention to detail is everything, laboratories looking to refurb need to seek a partner that can manage a high-level finish with no downtime to sensitive business operations. Downtime can be costly, especially when you need to shut down a lab and relocate staff. In this article, we look at ways to reduce downtime and ensure a timely and cost-effective installation.

Staged Installation

Staged installation is a means of changing from an existing system to a new one that takes place in phases. For example, once section of the laboratory could be demolished and refurbished while the other sections are still operating and so on. This is especially worthwhile for large scale projects which can be quite time consuming. Another advantage of a staged installation is any problems that are experienced by users can be resolved before the next module is implemented thus reducing downtime.

Coordination of trades

Laboratory refurbishment requires many trades, from structural upgrades to the provision of plumbing and electrical services. A project manager is essential to ensure the coordination of trades and streamline flow during construction. Trades must complete work in a logical sequence with minimal interruptions. When a team is forced to stop work, relocate or wait for information or materials, productivity will be adversely affected.

Have a Gantt Chart

A Gantt Chart provides a graphical illustration of a schedule that helps to plan, coordinate, and track specific tasks in a project. In a laboratory refurbishment, there are many detailed components involved that require different trades and professions, such as plumbers, electricians, carpenters, architects, and engineers.  One of the biggest benefits of a Gantt Chart is the ability to boil down multiple tasks and time lines in one single document. This is especially necessary when planning a staged installation and will minimise the risk of downtime.

A modular system

A modular laboratory benching and cabinet system is a pre-engineered structure that is a cost effective and time efficient alternative to traditional construction. Downtime is reduced with this system as delivery is fast and it can be easily assembled, moved, and modified as needs change. Adaptability is a key benefit as this system can be simply installed into any existing lab space whether it be education, research, or industry.

A well planned and executed refurbishment can be achieved with minimal disruption to the daily operation of a laboratory. The utilisation of a structured Gantt Chart to coordinate the many facets of a refurbishment is highly recommended and a modular, easy to install, flexible benching system will ensure a successful outcome.

Need to consult with a laboratory layout, design, and fitout expert? Contact Modulab (a brand of Westlab) at 1 877 822 1455 for free consultancy and design!


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