Design of science lab buildings follows different principles from those used decades ago. Energy efficiency is key. Budgets are tight. Modularity and flexibility are central principles. Scientific disciplines collaborate in problem-focused teams, and buildings need to provide the right work environment for many disciplines within one structure. Rigid systems are out.
VACUU•LAN® local vacuum networks are part of the solution. This lab by lab approach to lab vacuum systems means that you can put vacuum only where the need is clear without forfeiting the option for lab vacuum supply in other locations later. You avoid the overbuilding of inflexible, whole-building lab vacuum solutions that must be designed now for the maximum possible demand over the building’s life. This not only saves on capital costs, but eliminates the need to plan for building-wide vacuum plumbing runs. In addition, users with competing demands on a vacuum system – deep, stable vacuum vs. intermittent needs – are isolated from one another, preventing cross-contamination and ensuring that vacuum quality in each lab is best suited to the science. Our lab vacuum systems have been the choice of scientists in new lab construction projects at prestigious institutions such as Johns Hopkins University and The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience.