[Histonet] New Lab Design

From:"Breeden, Sara"

A new histology lab (in a new building) is in the works (yipee!!).  I
have some definite ideas about what I'll need in my new digs, but I need
more opinions!  Within the next couple weeks, I will be asked by the
architects for my input.

This is a State veterinary lab where I do "surgicals", necropsies,
standard special stains, with a rapidly expanding IHC workload. My total
workload was roughly 10,000 blocks last year and I expect it to grow by
5% each year. I expect to have roughly 500 sq ft to work with in this
new space. I work alone for three DVM pathologists.

What would you consider absolutely essential in a new histology lab?
What would you do differently if you'd had a chance? What kind of: bench
space and type of surface, ventilation, lighting, hoods, haz mat
storage, supply storage, windows? I only get once chance at this and I
want to make it count...I have 8 more years until retirement and I'd
rather not kick myself for missing something obvious.  

Please reply directly to me.  Thank you in advance!!  I rely on 'netters
for great information.

Sally Breeden, HT(ASCP)
New Mexico Department of Agriculture
Veterinary Diagnostic Services
POBox 4700
Albuquerque, NM  87196
(505)841-2518 FAX

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