Laboratory (BPL) is a web-based interactive and collaborative tool
fully engage Users, Administrators and Designers in the process of
programming Science & Technology Teaching and Research, as well
as Healthcare Education projects.
BPL brings together in a single
ability to create a Space Program, individual space Room Data Sheets, as
well as Equipment Schedules. Because all of the collected data resides
within a single database, any updates are reflected instantly in all
affected Project Reports.
Space Program Report
Summary Report can be produced in several versions, allowing users to document up to three key iterations
of the Space Program.
- The first iteration reflects the Client's preliminary program provided to the Architect and
Laboratory Planner. This is very often a
summary of the basic functional requirements, its use limited to
establishing fundamental parameters and a preliminary budget for the
project. If a preliminary program has not been
or is too rudimentary to be useful, this iteration can be simply ignored and not produced at all.
- The second iteration is designed to be a complete Program of Requirements (POR), prepared
using BPL. Report produced at this stage typically
the area requirements for programmed spaces into several nested categories
determined by the context of the Project.
- The third
iteration - if requested - can track and document the accuracy with which the proposed design implements the POR.
For obvious reasons, no actual design produces coherent and functional layouts with
space having an area exactly matching the Program. This
iteration is thus intended to supply information useful for an analysis of
the design's efficiency and its fidelity to the POR.
When two or more iterations of the Space Program Report are available, A
custom Deviation Report can be produced. Its intent is to highlight the changes and or
variances between any pair of iterations. In combination with
an updated cost estimate, such a Report puts a powerful project budget and scope control tool in
the hands of top project decision-makers.
Room Data Sheets
While the Program Summary Report
is intended to be used as a key tool for determining and tracking
compliance with target space requirements of a Project, Room Data Sheets focus
on specific requirements of each individual space.
The process of gathering and organizing this information is
sometimes referred to as "Detailed Programming", and often does not begin
until late in the Schematic Design or early in the Design
Development phases of a project.
BPL Room Data Sheets have
designed to document thoroughly the architectural and
requirements of both laboratory, vivarium, and non-laboratory spaces.
This "whole building" approach is especially useful for Science and Healthcare Teaching projects,
which often contain an extensive variety of space types with diverse desriptions. BPL makes it
to provide a complete set of detailed requirements for every
space in a Project.
The most beneficial feature of BPL is undoubtedly its implementation
on the Internet. This feature enables all the stakeholders to
have unparalleled 24/7/365 access to accumulated Project information and requirements.
It allows all properly-authorized users to directly update the portion of data they are responsible for,
need to channel it through the Lab Planner or Architect. The
Project Knowledge Base creation thereby becomes a shared responsibility. It is decentralized, yet
constantly under the watchful eye of the lead planner and the administrator of the database.
BPL has been conceived, designed and
Walter Broner, RA, CSI, LEED AP.
has been programming,
designing and implementing technically-challenging teaching and
research environments for over 25 years. His comprehensive approach is unlike that of other
professionals in this field whose experience spans only a portion of
the overall design-construct process. Because of his full-spectrum involvement in many such projects,
Walter brings a more nuanced yet practical
approach to the programming process. The primary
benefit of this approach to the Client is that from the very beginning of the process
all the information is evaluated, processed and presented in a manner that can be of
maximum use during detailed design and construction phases of the
Project. What this means to the Client is that from the outset program
components point clearly toward constructable solutions.
Most importantly, the development of this tool, at any stage, has not been "outsourced". Graphic User Interface (GUI) for the
application and its functionality as well as detailed content have been developed in parallel, guided by a single vision.