That is a very, very dangerous line of thought. By my evaluation, the whole facility's purpose is to torture it's inhabitants. Vague possibility of some "zombie cure research with us being still-healthy test subjects" exists, but for that, the place is laid out very oddly. Concerning the gas, I believe there's a correct answer to the problem within the room and our inventory. Perhaps hooking the small pipes seemingly possibly leading to the vent could have helped.