University Labs

University Labs: Fume Hoods, Lab Furniture, and Lab Design

LabDS delivers educational and university lab design services, high-quality fume hoods, and vital lab furniture.

At Laboratory Design & Supply (LabDS), we work with educational facilities, colleges, and universities across the United States to design and implement laboratories, custom-design fume hoods, and identify and install the correct lab furniture. Our constant goals in lab design and implementation are adherence to federal, state, and county rules and regulations, safety, and quality. From epoxy countertops to modular fume hoods and casework that allow scaling up or down, the LabDS team delivers a flexible, sustainable, safe university lab design.


How University Lab Design Differs

All laboratories must be designed with safety and functionality in mind. Scalability is also a vital concern to meet changing needs. However, university labs face unique requirements, including government and industry standards and regulations. For instance, university lab designs must comply with the Federal Code of Regulations, Title 29, Labor, the National Fire Protection Association Handbook 70: National Electric Code, the American National Standard for Laboratory Ventilation (ANSI/AIHA Z9.5-2012), and more.

In addition, state and county regulations must also be understood and followed at all times. At LabDS, we adhere to all regulations, standards, and references while simultaneously understanding the goals, budgetary constraints, and scalability requirements of each university partner.


Considerations in University Lab Design

While each laboratory design will be unique, several common steps must be followed during the initial ideation sequence and the subsequent design process.



At LabDS, we’ve found that most university labs are best designed with flexibility and scalability in mind. This allows the same space to serve multiple uses without incurring additional costs, which is good news for a school’s budget. We’ve also found that the right university lab design also maximizes visual management and student/instructor safety while being durable enough for daily use.


Commonly Required University Lab Furniture and Equipment

We’ve worked with universities across the US to design and install the appropriate laboratories. While each laboratory is unique in terms of design, scope, purpose, and scalability, most require similar types of laboratory equipment. At LabDS, we can provide a variety of lab furniture and equipment, from fume hoods to casework, and everything in between.


University Fume Hoods

Fume hoods play a vital role in the usability and safety of any university laboratory. They are designed to limit student/instructor exposure to toxic fumes and vapors by providing a protected space with air moving capabilities and other forms of protection, such as shielding. At LabDS, we offer a wide range of fume hoods, from walk-in designs to ADA-fume hoods, and even advanced ductless designs that help maximize flexibility within the laboratory.

We can also offer university biosafety cabinets including Level 1, 2, and 3 containment, as well as full recirculation designs, partial exhaust systems, and full exhaust setups. However, it is important to make an informed decision regarding the fume hoods chosen for each laboratory. Learn more about the various fume hoods we offer and which are appropriate for different use and safety needs.
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University Lab Casework

Designed for the needs of today’s university labs, we offer laboratory casework designed in a range of materials, from wood to phenolic resin and stainless steel. Whether you need mobile cabinets or stationary casework, workstations with drawers, or storage cabinets for chemicals and equipment, we can provide for virtually any requirement.

At LabDS, we have experience designing and installing lab furniture for use in many different laboratory types, as well. These include university research labs, but also teaching laboratories, and we understand the subtle yet important differences each use scenario presents when it comes to material choices, usability, durability, and other critical factors.

We invite you to explore our lab furniture and casework options to learn more about the various materials, types, and form factors we can offer.
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University Lab Tables & Benches

Most university labs require tables and benches. These provide stable, non-reactive work surfaces while providing students with places to sit during class. At LabDS, we can offer lab tables and benches designed for virtually any need, from wood to base metals to full stainless steel. Tabletop materials and work surfaces include nonreactive epoxy, stainless steel, polypropylene, and other options.

In addition to fixed-height tables and benches, we also offer an industry-leading adjustable lab bench designed to deliver flexibility to any situation. This is an ideal option for university labs that must pull double or triple duty for different use requirements. Explore our lab table and bench design options, construction materials, and other factors to make an accurate, informed decision.
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