New Animal Food Nutrition laboratory at Massey University complete
After a delay earlier this year following the demise of Mainzeal Construction, the new Animal Food Nutrition Laboratory at Massey University in Palmerston North is now complete and fully operational. The existing laboratory was housed within a number of small interconnecting rooms in Ag/Hort A dating from the 1970s. It was no longer adequate to accommodate the increased work load, new equipment or the technological demands of a modern testing and analytical laboratory.
The new laboratory is a vibrant architectural addition to the Ag/Hort complex. The open laboratory spaces have been designed to be as flexible as possible to allow for future changes in technology, installation of new equipment and the introduction of new assays.
The laboratory is set out with the analytical and testing areas positioned around the perimeter with shared work spaces such as the balance room, wash-up, centrifuge and storage areas in the middle of the building. Consideration has also been given to vision from the write-up area through to the laboratory and within the laboratory itself to improve observation of the staff safety and laboratory protocols. Mobile benching will allow for access to the rear of analytical equipment for servicing and maintenance without the need for dismantling or disconnection of equipment.