California Department of Food & Agriculture Testing Lab
The California Department of Food & Agriculture Laboratory in Anaheim is a single-story building housing a section of the Center for Analytical Chemistry (CAC) and the Southern office of the state’s Division of Measurement Standards (DMS). Each group plays an important role in protecting California consumers.
This laboratory renovation included phased construction to minimize down-time when working beside functioning labs and ensuring the fire-life-safety systems remained operational. In addition to laboratory upgrades, HVAC systems required structural upgrades to the roof, flexibility improvements were made to the labs by moving utilities to overhead service carriers, and fixed casework was replaced with movable tables. A centralized storage room for gas cylinders and dewars was created, as well as specialty gases piped throughout the lab. Safety improvements included egress from the labs, as well as fire-resistive nature of the walls to separate labs from offices and each other.
Furthermore, safety eyewash and shower units, as well as new fume hoods, were added while existing fume hoods were reconditioned. In addition to the lab upgrades, support areas were completely renovated including support offices and restrooms, and accessibility improvements were made to bring the building up to code.