BSL3 Facilities: Design and Operation

April 29-30, 2019



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.

Course Instructors:

  • Dan Frasier, PE, CCP, Principal/Director of Commissioning Services, Cornerstone Commissioning, Inc.
  • William T. Freeman, PE, LEED BD+C, Director of Science and Technology, AHA Consulting Engineers
  • Paul Jennette, MS, PE RBP, CBSP, Director of Biocontainment Operations/Biosafety Engineer, Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine

Course Tuition: “BSL3 Facilities: Design and Operation” and “Advanced BSL3 Practices and Procedures” include a course manual, lunch each day, and an Eagleson Institute certificate. Individual tuition is $1045 (per class). If you register for both of those classes, you save $200.00.

Class Agenda:

Day One

  • Risk Assessment in BSL3 Design and Renovation
  • Overview of Design/Construction Process
  • BSL3 Laboratory Guidelines
  • Primary Containment Equipment and Exhaust Needs
  • Role of HVAC Components and Systems in Containment
  • Exercises/Tour
    • Mechanical Tour
    • Interactive Exercise: Risk Assessment
    • Interactive Exercise: Architectural Drawings

Day Two

  • Architectural Planning Issues
  • Using Airflow to Control and Remove Airborne Contaminants
  • Anterooms
  • Designing for Decontamination and Waste Management
  • Commissioning and Verification
  • Operation and Maintenance Lessons Learned