UMass Medical School Biosafety Level 3 Lab

UMass Medical School Biosafety Level 3 Lab


Worcester, MA
UMass Medical School
Beacon Architectural Associates
3,550 sf
Delivery Method

Chapter 149

Key Features

Occupied Renovation

BSL3 Facility


Project Description

The upgrades to this 3,550 sf laboratory make it the only Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) lab at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, a significant advancement for the program.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) classifies laboratory facilities by the types of agents they work with and ranks labs on a scale of BSL-1 through BSL-4 based on the potential risks these agents pose to the community.  BSL-3 labs, like this one work with highly infectious pathogens such as anthrax, West Nile Virus, SARS, or avian flu, for which there are available treatments.

The renovation included a massive HVAC overhaul, including the installation of a secure ducted ventilation system and HEPA filtered exhaust.  Biosafety cabinets — enclosed, gas-tight workspaces — were also installed throughout the lab for work with harmful pathogens.