provided by Ram Venkat – Cornell project manager
Suggestion: Concern that modularity is preferable for certain specialty labs
A. For some specialty lab types, where modularity is necessary, open labs with 1-2 PIs are included in the design for the annex portion of the building. In the shorter term, these labs could be potentially housed in the annex space prior to eventual renovation
Suggestion: Stack all labs on the “E” backbone and make longer, more modular labs with independent access to shared spaces
A. This was explored by Payette during the 2018 space study and concluded that the narrow width of the lab will result in small cellular labs service 1-2 PIs. It was also concluded that this is highly energy inefficient due to lack of segregation between spaces like lab, support and writeup. It was also concluded that this approach does not work in a phased construction approach and will require the full building to be vacated which is cost prohibitive. Finally, the desire to keep teaching functions in the heart of the building, necessitated the placement of classrooms, teaching labs and faculty offices in the center and main bar of the building; and pushing the research spaces to the wings
Suggestion: Create alternate egresses from lab wings (specific suggestions include a hallway to the side of the modular lab or an egress window or stairway on the south end)
A. Upgrading the overall safety and code compliance of Plant Science is a major goal of the renovation. Planned improvements include installation of a sprinkler system and fire alarm throughout the building for enhanced fire detection/control, elimination of dead-end corridors, and replacement of elevators and bathrooms for improved access. Design of the lab wings, including egress, complies with the Existing Building Code of NYS and has been reviewed by code officials from SUNY, Cornell and design team.
Fire escape stairs, escape windows, and the proposed dead-end hallway alongside the modular lab space are not code compliant per current building code requirements for a higher education facility.
Suggestion: Make windows operable
A. The State mandate to reduce energy use does not support operable windows in labs. Operable windows in offices maybe a possibility
Suggestion: Open up/eliminate some/all of the support rooms
A. The State mandate to reduce energy use requires segregation of lab spaces
Suggestion: Convert graduate student office space to shared/core lab space
A. Per feedback received at the last meeting, design team is exploring ways of adding shared/core lab spaces on every floor
Suggestion: Desire for desk-type landing space in the lab
A. Lab design standards have moved away from this model and encourages segregation of write-up activity from labs. This also helps drive lab area down and as a result overall energy use