National Reference Laboratory Building
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Project Details

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161,458 sq ft

Six floors

The Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) was established to address the pressing health issues the country faces. With leading causes of death contributing to lower respiratory infections, HIV, AIDS, and Tuberculosis, the average life span is between 54 and 55 years. EPHI's goal is to conduct research to implement societal controls to contain widespread diseases, along with the development of traditional medicines for effective treatment.

Human Element Architects and DLS Laboratory Consultants were tasked to design the expansion of an existing six-floor building.

This project posed a unique challenge in the fact that there were several research labs within the same building. Designs needed to accommodate the standard labs where General Chemistry, Nutrition, Pathology, Hematology, and Food Safety were studied.

On other floors, Research Labs required designs to support both BSL-2 and BSL-3 processes of Biomedical Research, Clinical Trials, Malaria studies, HIV/AIDS research, Influenza, Hepatitis, Polio and Tuberculosis studies.

Other services included a Laboratory risk assessment to determine the physical security of the site along with biological safety, and chemical safety.