Project Description

Project Details

Description Health & Science
Testing Facilities
HVAC/Mechanical Engineering
Location Battle Creek, MI
Client/Owner Covance Laboratories, Inc.
Size 36,443 SF


Michael P. Vascellaro, AIA, NCARB

Covance Nutritional Chemistry Laboratories

This facility is a remodeling of existing office space to accommodate nutritional chemistry testing laboratories. Designed using BIM/Revit software, the components include offices and laboratories for bacteriology, vitamin chemistry, analytical chemistry, proximate chemistry, and sample storage and support. Fulfilling the need to provide a fast track fit-out of an existing two-story space for a contract research organization, RS&H set weekly team meetings and managed the programming and design effort within three months.

The existing building was gutted and reinforced structurally to accommodate the additional weight and vibration attenuation requirements for laboratory work. Existing stairs were utilized for vertical circulation and a new elevator was added to assist in the deliveries of samples and equipment to the second floor. A new mechanical room was added to accommodate the air handlers and water systems. A new mechanical yard was added to accommodate the emergency generator and cryogenic tanks for liquid nitrogen.

Laboratories were planned on an 11-foot by 11-foot planning grid and designed to enhance process flow within the facility. All laboratory utilities were fed from above to allow for adaptive changes in the future.