BSL3 Facilities: Design and Operation

Our teaching team of a design engineer, biosafety engineer, and commissioning agent provide practical, “been-there, done-that” information, incorporating real-world experience as well as theoretical knowledge.



  • Study the impact of design on operations, safety, and sustainability of BSL3/ABSL3 labs.
  • Examine the impact of energy efficiency/sustainability efforts on cost savings and safety.
  • Focus on case studies and lessons learned in the many facilities designed or operated by our instructors.
  • Participate in both an architectural and mechanical tour of a state of the art laboratory facility.



  • Risk assessment as a BSL3 design driver
  • Complexities of the design/construction/commissioning/verification processes
  • BSL3 laboratory guidelines
  • Primary containment equipment and exhaust needs
  • Architectural planning issues
  • Role of HVAC in containment
  • Using airflow to control and remove airborne contaminants
  • Designing for decontamination and waste management
  • Blueprint reading 101



J. Paul Jennette, MS, PE, CBSP, Director of College Biocontainment Operations, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

Dan Frasier, PE, CCP, Principal, Director of Commissioning Services, Cornerstone Commissioning

Paul J. Kitchens, PE, LEED AP, Partner, Newcomb & Boyd Consultants and Engineers


What Past participants said about this course:

  • “Very informative [you] provide basic knowledge along with good background information that will allow me to make a positive impact on my facility.”
  • “Great two day class, lots of good info, but real life examples were best.”
  • “A very well done course. I would recommend it to anyone. As a BSL3 user who worked in the lab & didn’t care how it worked, to now being an operations manager for a BSL3 and needing to know how it works, this class was perfect for helping to learn more about how the labs work.”