Project Description

Project Details

Description Health & Science
Testing Facilities
Client/Owner Florida Hospital
Size 14,000 SF


Michael P. Vascellaro, AIA, NCARB

Florida Hospital Automated Clinical Testing Laboratories

In order to serve patients with quick turnaround on medical tests, Florida Hospital asked RS&H to assist them in developing a plan to increase the volume of samples processed through automation. The key to the plan was to allow current continual service to patient needs while phasing remodeled spaces with new lines of automated equipment. The plan was aligned with construction schedules and divided into five individual phases. Each phase was required to be reviewed by the state agency for hospital construction (ACHA).

RS&H led the design team including in-house architectural and laboratory planning and consultants for mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection.

The planning process included one-on-one work sessions with the user group and owner representatives. Each phase of design was reviewed and confirmed aligning with the project goals established at the beginning of the project.

The program included sample receipt, cold storage, ambient storage, blood bank lab, core lab, microbiology, and histology. The automated equipment utilized Roche, Sysmex, Stago Diagnostics, BioMerieux systems; and included automated, sample processors, integrated clinical chemistry and immunology, coagulation analyzer, antibiotic susceptibility analyzer, mass spec, and urinalysis.