Designing to Maintain Biological Containment
Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security
During a high-wind natural disaster, buildings that contain biological agents must be built to protect those inside the facilities and the communities that surround them. On a recent confidential project for the Department of Homeland Security, a design team from Flad Architects had to address a gap in design standards for biocontainment facilities, and in doing so, created both a methodology to evaulate the level of risk and scalable architectural responses. The resulting assessment and response strategies can be utilized on design and construction of facilities where hazardous biological agents could be exposed during a natural disaster.