Pathology Laboratory Design Process

Pathology Laboratory Design Process

Pathology Laboratory Design Process

There are many challenges with building a pathology lab, but following an organized process helps everyone feel good about the process in the end. Since the process is very complicated, you need to work with an experienced pathology laboratory design consultant, like Hankins Consulting. Letting him lead the way ensures that at the end, you have a flexible, safe, cost-effective, and patient orientated customized pathology lab.


The most important group of participants during the planning phase are the people who will be working daily in the pathology laboratory. They have the best ideas of why the current lab is not meeting patient needs effectively. Managers and shareholders also need to be involved at this step to ensure that the project stays within budget and fits into the institution’s overall goals. Physical constraints of where the lab is going to be located also need to be discussed, which may involve bringing in architects, land surveyors, or other building professionals. 

The plan must include sustainable design as the need for the pathology lab is likely to grow in the future. Additionally, drawing out the current process and where it can be improved can make the new lab much more efficient. It also ensures that work gets completed in fewer steps. Some organizations choose to incorporate plans for specific equipment at this point so that their placement can be included in the decision-making process. Another essential part of the planning process is the following of all codes.

Schematic Design

The architect, the planners, and the consultant must hold several meetings to develop a general floorplan. In particular, the team should develop a map showing the efficient movement of specimens and people.  An open floorplan allows supervisors to stand in the middle of the room and oversee several procedures at once. Everyone must carefully consider safety, electrical, and plumbing needs.  

Design Development

Under the consultant, the project then moves to its technical phrase where architects, engineers, and others with advanced degrees make final decisions. The final design must take into account various codes. 

Construction Documents

After finalizing the design details, then construction documents must be generated. The construction documents allow for obtaining pre-construction permits. It also allows the consultant to start taking bids for the project. 


The most exciting part of the project in creating a customized pathology laboratory is the construction. Many long hours of work have been put in by many people to reach this point.  
The process of constructing a customized pathology laboratory is complicated because of the number of people involved. Meeting various codes further complicates the process. Hiring Hankins Consulting to oversee the project makes it move along smoothly. Contact him today to get the process started.


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