Beyond Classroom Construction: Converting Classrooms to Laboratory Spaces
Classroom-to-lab or lab-to-classroom conversions are a common practice in today’s academic institutions. And they’re an area of expertise we consider best-in-class.
From universities to high schools, free-standing labs to bank branches, our teams have ample experience in converting classrooms and underutilized lab spaces.
See how we facilitated the conversions of labs and classrooms at St. Paul Secondary School in Trenton, Ontario. Watch the video with Paul, our site supervisor, for a step-by-step process.
Following a detailed facilities assessment, we removed the floor, ceiling, electrical, and plumbing. Because the lab had special plumbing underneath the floor in the trenches, and we are converting it from a lab back to a classroom, we will remove the pipes and fill the trenches with concrete. We will also install a sink because sinks are now being installed into classrooms due to COVID-19.
Next, the HVAC team will work on the T-bar ceiling with acoustical tile, also known as a drop ceiling. These are typically used in commercial settings because they provide fantastic access. For example, you can pop out a panel with ease, unlike drywall, where you would have to cut it out and repair it before repainting it. These ceilings also provide great access for our electricians to install the lights.
Openings and doorways
Our final step will be to convert an unfinished doorway into a wall opening and create a new entrance on the other side. We will contract a cutting, coring, and scanning company, to cut through the wall using a dustless cutting system that utilizes water and suction and ensures that all the doors are 38 inches in width for wheelchair accessibility.
Lab space considerations
Scan the floor
Doors, windows, and millwork
How SJOC Construction can help
For all your institutional construction needs, talk to SJOC. From the demolition of existing walls and partitions to mechanical and electrical work to accommodate your new layout, we do it all.