Chemical Research, Development, and Production Laboratories

Milliken’s SiVance Specialty Silicone business – a leader in silicone chemistry – focuses on the development and manufacture of specialty silicone technologies and intermediates required to modify basic silicone polymers. As part of the design-build team, RS&H programmed and planned a multiphase master plan for the addition and redevelopment of the existing research, development, and production laboratories, and administrative suites. The first phase of the project includes high-bay industrial chemical laboratories in a new laboratory facility. The use of 10- and 15-foot-tall floor mounted fume hoods with multiple utilities allows for adaptive use in development and production set-ups, and vessel accessibility. Six- and eight-foot bench top hoods allow for multiple research configurations. Specialty support laboratories are also included and isolated from the larger bay laboratory.

Open office planning is developed adjacent to the laboratories with fire rated window panels into the labs providing environmental isolation while allowing for visual communication. A small break room and conference rooms provide office support. RS&H was responsible for architecture, structural engineering, laboratory programming, planning and design, landscape architecture, and interior design. All architectural and structural design was completed in BIM REVIT software.

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Gainesville, Florida


Charles Perry Partners, Inc.

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