The anatomy lab at Duquesne University was built in 1994 as part of the fourth-floor addition to the Rangos School of Health Sciences. The original layout included the lab, instrument cleaning room, tiered classroom, and workroom.
The guiding principles for the lab transformation were:
– Increase the Number of Lab Stations and Student Groups that Use the Lab Each Semester
– Improve Air Exchange Management to Further Minimize Exposure to Formalin Vapors
– Integrate Technology at Each Lab Station
– Add Scrub Sinks to Facilitate Instrument Cleaning at the End of Each Class
– Incorporate an Autopsy Station
The transformed anatomy lab now offers many different stations for different classes to be able to utilize the room at multiple times. There is also now a centralized way to pump formaldehyde in and out of the lab, making it safer for students and faculty.
Category: Small Architecture
Architecture Firm: WTW Architects
Project Team: Maria Kyriacopoulos, AIA, LFA, LEED AP BD+C
Client: Duquesne University
Contractor: Volpatt Construction, John Zang - Contractor
Engineers: Barton Associates, Lawrence Zdinak - MEP Engineer
Photographer: Halkin Mason Photography / In-House Produced Rendering