Perkins+Will Helps Set National Standard in Laboratory Design by Revising Key U.S. Design Manual

National Institutes of Health’s Design Requirements Manual is most comprehensive biomedical research facility design resource in U.S.

Six Perkins+Will Science and Technology leaders helped set the national standard in laboratory design by contributing to a recent revision of the Design Requirements Manual (DRM)—a vital resource for biomedical research facility designers around the country. Raymond Beets, Alex Clinton, Daniel Watch, Jeffrey Zynda, Ed Cordes, and Jeff Kim each contributed to the manual’s revision by writing, editing, or reviewing and approving content. They were among 200 industry professionals selected for the task by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) following a rigorous application and peer-review process.

According to the NIH, the manual “is the most comprehensive design guide of its kind in the U.S., providing guidance to design professionals for building complex biomedical research and associated facilities that require the highest standards and scrupulous detail.” The newly revised 2016 edition “constitutes a major restructuring, reformatting and reorganization of previous editions”—a process begun in 2011 to ensure that the manual reflected the latest best practices and most contemporary laboratory design approaches.

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