Create an efficient, pleasant and production inspired workspace for your employees
Workstations: One of the first decisions you will need to make concerns what type of workstations you will have in your lab. This will typically be either IBM compatible PC’s or Macintosh based systems. This assumes most standard equipment, such as mouse, keyboard, sound card, network card, video card, and CD-ROM drive.
Teaching lab: You will want to consider an overhead projector that is ceiling-mounted and connected to a dedicated instructor’s station. You will probably need to purchase several bulbs for the projector as backups.
Furniture: The first thing you will need to do before you purchase any piece of furniture is to measure the room where your new lab will be located. Do a rough draft of the room to determine size of tables that will need to be ordered. It is very important to leave 3.5ft between the chair and the workstation behind. It is extremely important that there be enough walk space for users coming and going in the lab without bumping into cables, printer paper, etc.
Workstations tables: A standard workstation table is 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 feet; however, you can order a 21/2 x 3 1/2 foot table if it better suits your needs. Depending on the physical size of your lab and whether or not it will be a teaching lab, you will need to purchase some extra fixtures such as eraser boards, power strips, storage cabinets…
Software: If you were to install five new software packages in your new lab, it would take one person NO LESS than five days to install and test each new machine (the amount of time will vary depending on your operating system and the particular piece of software).
Security: Security for your lab is an item that cannot be overlooked, especially if you are going to leave your lab open and unstaffed.
Electrical: Your next step is to determine the electrical requirements of each piece of equipment to be placed in your new lab.
Lighting: The type of lighting you install is also very important. You need lighting that can be dimmed if you are going to be using an overhead projector.
Air Quality: Check the heating, cooling, lighting, and ventilation in the room to see if they are adequate. The lack of a humidity-controlled environment can cause you extreme difficulty with paper jams and computer malfunctions.
Safety: These requirements deal with the maximum capacity of the room and the required number of exits. Typical requirements, 20 sq. ft. of floor space per person. Second exit required if occupancy is greater than 50 or sq. ft. of room is greater than 1,000. Second exit should be a minimum distance apart of half the distance across the diagonal of the room.
Disability Compliance: The Americans with Disabilities Act requires a number of features that must be in place before your facility may consider itself compliant with this standard.
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