Blog detailing the renovation, retrofitting, and assembly of new type of metrology laboratory
Currently, NIST is investing in a new type of metrology laboratory that is focused on the unique reference material and high quality assay protocols that are needed in the regenerative medicine and biotechnology communities. The laboratory design is centered on automation that can set up 1000’s of experiments for the purpose of designing fit-for-purpose reference materials, identify sources of variability in bioassays and generate specifications that assure confidence in an assay measurement system. We have taken this opportunity to redesign our traditional laboratory layout into a modular laboratory space that would allow flexibility in both instrumentation (new or existing) and experimental designs for exploring the measurement science in important assays for the biomedical and biotechnology community. Below we will highlight the progress in the retrofitting of an existing laboratory in Bldg 227, Rm B203.
Nov 27, 2018: Removal of Optical Tables: The laboratory was originally a spectroscopy laboratory complete with 2 large optical tables and several smaller ones. The large table will be removed to generate an open laboratory space.
Nov 31, 2018- Removal of old supplies and excess instrumentation
February 22, 2018- Removal of old benchtop countertops to make room for open laboratory space and moveable benchtop space