National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Laboratories 238 & 239, Renovations
Landivar & Associates was awarded the competitively bid construction services contract by the JBG Companies to renovate two biomedical research laboratories for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). The project involved the conversion of two decommissioned BSL-3 laboratories in two BSL-2 laboratories, adding office space, a freeze farm, and an equipment room. As part of the construction, the team had to completely “gut out” the space. This included (but was not limited to) the elimination of existing masonry walls, drywalls, roof penetrations, finishes, mechanical and electrical rough-in, and MEP systems.
Within the new scope of work, the team installed laboratory utility services such as gas, CO2, vacuum, air, and RODI. New exhaust systems were installed, the HVAC systems were reconfigured to meet new requirements, and the Siemens BAS system and graphics were modernized. Our group also provided all new electrical distribution systems, a fire alarm system, and a Rees equipment monitoring system. A modification to the contract was awarded to provide three (3) 6-foot bio-safety Type 2A cabinets, and one (1) 4-foot bio-safety Type 2A cabinet. In addition to the bio-safety cabinets, the owner requested a new gas tank farm and amended the documents to incorporate county-requested modifications.
Landivar & Associates also ensured that the equipment and material procured for the project was in compliance with the construction documents. As the material and equipment was delivered, the team verified that it matched the approved submittals, and the recorded any issues. Defective materials were sent back. The group also conducted weekly site visits with the architects, engineers, and the superintendent in order to discuss field specific issues, deficiencies, and any potential problems that can be avoided.