Engineering Lab Design

Engineering Lab Design Background

Engineering lab design starts with understanding the requirements of the engineers and technicians that are to staff the lab. DCI's Engineering Lab Design Consultants extensive industrial engineering experience in the electronics, photonics, and semiconductor industry, we are uniquely positioned to understand these requirements and translate them into innovative, flexible, and enduring engineering lab designs.

Lab Design Requirements

Typical needs fall into the realms of:

  • Wire Management
  • Electrostatic Discharge prevention
  • Power Management
  • House gases such as Clean Dry Air, Nitrogen, Forming Gas, Natural Gas
  • House Vacuum Service
  • Liquid Nitrogen
  • Network routing
  • Bench Design
  • Set-up Speed & Flexibility
  • Access Control
  • Ergonomics & Aesthetics
  • Automation
  • Circulation, Communication, & Collaboration
  • Lighting Management
  • Laboratory Safety Guidance
  • Acoustical Noise Reduction
  • Fume Hoods and Exhaust
  • Suspended Particulate Management
  • Equipment Storage Design
  • Cost Estimation and Management
  • Sustainability

We also understand that an impressive engineering lab can be a strong recruiting tool and design accordingly. Today's competitive environment for top engineering talent makes every detail an opportunity to attract the highest caliber people with an outstanding working environment.


Our deliverables include synchronized CAD design files (AutoCAD), project planning and sequencing documentation (MS Project), and utility requirements documents (MS Excel). DCI has designed engineering labs for companies such as Xilinx and Lockheed-Martin and we are proud to provide references upon request.  Whether you are designing a new facility or renovating a exist lab space, our Engineering Lab Design Consultants have years of experience working with facilities personnel, lab managers, architects, and construction teams to create state-of-the-art laboratory facilities.

Relevant Codes and Standards

The following organizations have developed codes and standards for the design of engineering labs and these are minimum requirements to which we adhere.

    ANSI/AIHA/ASSE Z9.5 Laboratory Ventilation
    ANSI/ISEA Z358.1 Emergency Eyewash and Shower Equipment
    Code of Federal Regulations, 29 C.F.R. § 1910.1450 "Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories" (OSHA)
    PBS-P100 Facilities Standards for the Public Buildings Service — General Services Administration (GSA)
    NIH Design Policy and Guidelines — National Institutes of Health
    NFPA 30 Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code
    NFPA 45 Standard on Fire Protection for Laboratories using Chemical
    Unified Facilities Guide Specifications (UFGS)

Please contact us today with your needs and we will be happy to provide a proposal!

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Xilinx, Inc.

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San Jose, CA, Module Five

Designed a new engineering lab to accommodate growth in the SERDES Product Engineering group, 4,000 square-feet in total, built in three phases to prevent productivity losses during current-space renovation. Primary project objectives were doubling bench capacity, improvements in wire management, reduced acoustical noise levels, and improvements in Electrostatic Discharge prevention. Deliverables included facility designs and accompanying CAD files, utility requirements for Power, Networking, Clean Dry Air, and Chilled Coolant loops for chillers that serviced coolant to test fixtures. Additional Details

San Jose, CA, Module Four

Designed a new engineering lab and back-end test lab, 10,000 square-feet in total, for a new domestic site housing the company's Complex Programmable Logic Device Product Line.

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