BSL3 Facilities: Design and Operation



Course Description: If you are working toward a safer, more sustainable BSL3 facility, renovating an existing lab, or building from the ground up, this course can help you gain the theoretical and practical knowledge you’ll need. Our teaching team of an architect, engineer and biosafety engineer, provide practical, “been-there, done-that” information, incorporating real-world experience as well as theoretical knowledge.

This Course Is For: Design Engineers, Facility Managers, Architects, Commissioning Agents, and anyone involved in designing, managing or maintaining a BSL3 laboratory.

Reasons to Attend: 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 and architectural and mechanical tour of a state of the art laboratory facility.

The two-day class will be divided into four modules spaced over two weeks. Each 4-hour module will contain small group interactive activities. 

Instructors are:  
Paul Jennette, MS, PE, RBP, CBSP
Dan Frasier, PE, CCP
Bill Freeman, PE, LEED BD+C

The agenda is as follows:
Thursday, May 13, 2021, 10 am – 2 pm EST

Risk Assessment in Design and Renovation
Risk Assessment Exercises  (small groups)
Overview of Design/Construction Process
Laboratory Design Guidelines

Friday, May 14, 2021, 10 am – 2 pm EST
Containment Equipment and Exhaust Needs
Architectural Planning Issues  
Interactive exercises:
    – Reading Blueprints   
    – Architectural Video Tour/Discussion

Thursday, May 20, 2021, 10 am – 2 pm EST
HVAC Components and Systems
Using Airflow to Remove and Control Airborne Contaminants
Interactive exercises:
    – Mechanical Room Video Tour/Discussion
    – Airflow Demonstration

Friday, May 21, 2021, 10 am – 2pm EST
Decontamination and Waste Management
Commissioning and Verification   
Discussion: Architectural, Engineering and Operations Lessons Learned

Tuition is $895. Participants will need to have computer with camera and microphone.