View Full Version : Structural requirements for biomechanics lab

12-11-2001, 03:30 AM
Dear BIOMCH-L members:

I have a request to those of you who have been involved in the
"planning and design" of new biomechanics labs. The Faculty of
Kinesiology and Health Studies at the University of Regina is currently
in the process of planning for a badly needed new facility to be
completed in 2005. I am in the enviable position (I think) of being
asked for input with respect to how a new biomechanics lab will be
planned and incorporated into this new facility. I have a very good
idea what is needed in terms of space and location (ground floor etc.).
However, what we actually "get" will of course be determined by a
variety of factors, one of which will be what is common or standard
(if there is such a thing) in new biomechanics labs that have been
constructed specifically for that purpose within the last 5 to 15
years. Essentially I would like to find out what is the "state of the
art" with respect to the design of new biomechanics labs, if such a
thing exists. Could those of you who have specific information on the
design and physical dimensions of recently constructed biomechanics labs
please send me some information (it need not be lengthy)? Here are some
specific questions with respect to the type of information I'm

-dimensions (length x width)
-location (presumably ground floor for force plates, but also location
with respect to other facilities; e.g., gymnasium, parking garage, etc.)
-equipment (i.e., how many force plates - parallel or in
series, length of walkways, # of cameras, flexibility of
camera positioning, e.g., overhead, etc.)
-function (i.e., primary use; e.g., clinical, research, instructional;
of what type; gait, neuromuscular, isokinetic, etc.; any secondary or
tertiary functions?)
-lighting/electrical requirements (e.g., A/V, emergency power, computer
stations, etc.)
-structural requirements (e.g., floor, walls, roof, etc.)
-mechanical requirements (e.g., plumbing, heating, ventilation, A/C,
-equipment (e.g., storage, cabinets, closets, etc.)

I already have most of this information but would like to be able to
put forth a better proposal which is based, in part, on what currently
exists. Thank you all very much in advance for your assistance. I will
post a summary if there is sufficient response.


John M. Barden, Ph.D. Candidate
Lecturer in Biomechanics and Motor Control
Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies
University of Regina
Regina, Saskatchewan
Office: (306) 585-4629
Lab: (306) 585-5809
Fax: (306) 585-4854
E-mail: John.Barden@uregina.ca

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