Cleanrooms almost always have the largest impact on cost and schedule in terms of construction and operation for a lab project. New standards such as ISO 14644 will be voted on soon. If passed these standards may increase the impacts of both existing and new cleanrooms on laboratory facilities. This article outlines some key planning strategies that can make for an easier design process. Among the recommendations are to 1) involve a cleanroom representative early in the planning process; 2) design cleanrooms to come on-line in phases; 3) determine cleanroom capabilities and special requirements; 4) evaluate both stick built construction and pre-manufactured construction options; 5) focus on the big picture — is the cleanroom planned to accommodate a current need or prepare for a future one?
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