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  2002 - 2004 Department of Microbiology, University of Hong Kong (HKURCEID) Hong Kong University

"Hong Kong University Research Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases (HKURCEID)"

Assisted engineers and architects in the planning and oversight of construction of Biosafety Level 3 and 4 facilities for studies of high virulence influenza (particularly isolates from birds and pigs arising in China) and high risk diseases (including SARS) which included both laboratories and animal facilities (now commissioned as the Hong Kong University Research Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases (HKURCEID)).

We consulted with University members, architects and engineers to ensure the facility was built to the highest standards. Tony Della-Porta participated in workshops and discussions, providing written advice and reports as required.

Tony assisted in writing the Operations and Safety Manual, conducted training in the use of personal protective equipment (including respiratory equipment) and carried out assessments on completion of the building, including the effectiveness of decontamination, autoclaves and sewerage treatment plants.

Features of the HKURCEID

This new facility was created in the middle of the laboratory wing of the University of Hong Kong's Medical School. The wing was constructed with 5 metre spaces between floors, making it possible to retrospectively fit air handling systems in the top 2.5 metres of the floor. The facility consists of an airlocked space which contains two P3 laboratories for work at Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) and an animal services area with three separately airlocked rooms.

Special features of this facility include:

View article published in The Constructor, University of Hong Kong


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