Pharmaceutical Research Facility MEP Design

Lilly Research Laboratories Location: Research Triangle Park, North Carolina Square Footage: 160,000 Construction Cost: $40,000,000
CRB prepared the mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, plumbing and fire protection design for a new, multi-million dollar pharmaceutical laboratory research center. The new 160,000 sq. ft. facility will provide ultra high throughput screening and combinatorial chemistry biomolecular research capabilities for Sphinx's pre-drug discovery used by Eli Lilly and Company, a global pharmaceuticals company.

This fast-track, phased project was performed on a design/build basis.

Engineering services for this project included new utility services, laboratory exhausts and DDC controls, specialized air handling systems, electrical and piped utilities, variable air volume (VAV) HVAC, laboratory process waste plumbing, communications and security systems and back-up power generation. A number of energy saving systems was implemented.

Electrical work included a 2,000 KW diesel generator; a 480-volt, three-phase, 4,000-amp double-ended service UPS system; telecommunication and data systems; security and fire alarm systems; power distribution and lighting systems for lab and office spaces. Life cycle cost analyses were conducted for system and equipment alternatives, as well as ongoing value engineering options.

Project highlight include:

  • Team was the 1999 Design-Build Institute of America's National Award recipient for the Best Private Project over $15 million
  • Facility designed and constructed to accommodate a technologically advanced automated process
  • Fast-track project with critical equipment delivery milestones
  • Partnered directly with mechanical and electrical contractors, thereby expediting efforts and equipment selection to support construction schedule
  • Specialized HVAC and electrical systems to support state-of-the-art technology
  • Phoenix-based laboratory controls networked to a building DDC system
  • Central chilled water and boiler equipment
  • Piping included chilled water, heated hot water, plant steam and condensate, compressed air, hot and cold potable water, CO2, and argon
  • Emergency and UPS power with fuel storage
  • Site development assistance included coordination with utility companies and available underground utilities

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