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    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
    CANADA S4S 0A2
    Office: (306) 585-4629
    Lab: (306) 585-5809
    Fax: (306) 585-4854

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