Project Info

  • Client Maryland Economic Development Corporation/Forest City
  • Location Baltimore, MD
  • Size 225,000

Maryland Public Health Laboratory

GES provided lab plumbing engineering services for the design of a new 234,000 gsf, BSL-2 and BSL-3 laboratory facility to support the Maryland Public Health Laboratory’s five scientific lab divisions: Environmental Chemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Newborn and Childhood Screening, and Virology/Immunology.  The Public Health Laboratory protects the health of Maryland citizens through surveillance and tracking of diseases, toxic contamination of food and water, as well as environmental hazards in water, soil and air. They conduct more than 10 million tests annually. Specific programmatic functions to support this mission include BSL-3 prescreening labs to process samples, BSL-3 containment areas to provide safe and efficient work areas, a self-contained ABSL-3 and animal rabies lab, as well as a variety of support spaces including classrooms, offices, lockers and training rooms.

GES’ responsibilities included design and oversight of the water distribution, purified water, drainage, special waste, natural and gas systems; laboratory gases (lab vacuum, lab compressed air, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide); plumbing fixtures and specialties; project water consumption and waste water discharge.  The project was designed to achieve LEED Silver and included strategies to limit the use of potable water, including collection of storm and/or greywater, reuse of water for irrigating plants and/or for flushing toilets.  Low-flow plumbing fixtures were used for non-lab uses to support LEED credits related to water efficiency.