Laboratory Renovations-Environmental Health & Safety - Carnegie Mellon University

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Laboratory Renovations

It may be obvious to most people, but if you are planning a renovation of any laboratory (or office spaces, for that matter) it is critical that you go through Carnegie Mellon’s department of Campus Design and Facility Development (CDFD).

There are many reasons:

  • Building permits are required from the City for laboratory renovations. The permitting process is impacted by local building codes which address the amount and type of chemicals permitted in a building or lab, to room size, numbers of rest rooms, ventilation and construction quality.
  • Environmental problems are associated with nearly all renovation work, even something as simple as replacing carpeting (due to the possibility of asbestos flooring underneath that may be disturbed.) CDFD will ensure this is handled properly.

You can reach CDFD at 8-2914.

By: Mark Banister,, 412-268-1493