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Space Needs Study

New York, NY

NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, Public Health Laboratory |
Space Needs Study | New York, NY

Established in 1892, the Public Health Laboratory was the world's first Municipal Bacteriological Laboratory. In the century since its first campaign, to control diphtheria in New York City, the bureau has expanded to provide a wide variety of clinical and environmental laboratory testing services. Today’s Public Health Laboratory performs testing on more than 200,000 specimens it receives annually, for everything from anthrax, HIV, rabies and Zika to food-borne illnesses, along with processing other tests conducted at the city’s public hospitals and sexual-health clinics. The feasibility study project for the new 9-story building for the New York City Public Health Laboratory system is to be located at 137th Street between 5th Avenue and Lenox Avenue in Harlem, Manhattan and contains approximately 230,000 sf.

Alongside Perkins Eastman, Setty provided a space needs study that includes the new facilities’ functional Space Program Requirements, a set of Conceptual Design plans and a Project Cost Estimate that will become the basis for moving forward with the new PHL building. Setty developed Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Fire Protection systems and refined with DOH & PHL plant operations and facilities personnel input. These narratives were used to inform the construction budget that was developed for this study. The space types covered in this study included BSL-3 Laboratories, Chemical and cold room storage, specimen intake, processing lab, conference rooms, community clinics, auditorium, training lab, support facilities, & office work stations.