Andrew Bayly is a New Zealand Engineer and the Managing Director of Emec Technology, specialist laboratory design and project management consultancy located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Andrew has been involved in laboratory design and construction for 24 years with multiple PC3 and PC2 projects in Asia
Malaysia’s new National Institute of Health – Lessons learnt when planning and building a new bio-containment facility
The Malaysian Ministry of Health has recently completed the new National Institute of Health in Setia Alam close to Kuala Lumpur. The NIH is a new facility of approximately 180,000 square meters and is a combination of various government institutes including the Institute for Medical Research which has over 30,000 square meters of laboratories including a 600 sqm PC3/ PC3+, 1200 sqm Animal PC2 and the largest PC2 mosquito facility in Asia.
The laboratories were designed to comply to the Malaysian standard that is derived from AS/NZS 2243. Multiple lessons can be learned from the project such as minimising construction issues by spending more time on the design process, problems occurring during testing and how to resolve etc.