BSL-3 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 BSL-3/ABSL-3 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 BSL-3 design driver
  • Complexities of the design/construction/commissioning/verification processes
  • BSL-3 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



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 BSL-3 user who worked in the lab & didn’t care how it worked, to now being an operations manager for a BSL-3 and needing to know how it works, this class was perfect for helping to learn more about how the labs work.”


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