© 2008, Triangle Biotechnology Center
design by studioRADIA
A well-designed biotechnology building demands the highest degree of flexibility and adaptability, as the facility is built with the knowledge that tenant needs and technology will change over time. This dictates that the laboratories be modular so that the costs (both in terms of time and money) of future fit-ups be minimized.

CENTRAL UTILITY SPINE
All utilities- power, data, HVAC, plumbing, laboratory gases are run in an open central spine with future stub-outs in place.

ACID WASTE GRID AND NEUTRLIZATION SYSTEM
With the knowledge that future needs are difficult to predict, rather than simply placing acid waste piping where currently needed, a grid of polypropylene acid waste lines was placed in the floor slabs during renovation with periodic points for future use stubbed-out and capped off at floor level.

MECHANICAL
Laboratory HVAC system provides 100% outdoor airflows of 2 CFM per square foot of lab area (8-10 air changes per hour) and features dual (redundant) exhaust fans.

ELECTRICAL
800 amp, 208/120 VAC, three-phase, four-wire service was provided to the main electrical room. A 175 kW emergency diesel generator provides back-up power for the HVAC system and all lab circuits.

DATA
T1/optical fiber ready conduit is run to every office, to every laboratory and to every lab bench.

LABORATORY FURNITURE
Scandinavian designed modular casework, ergonomic chemical fume hoods, acid and flammable safety cabinets and dry storage units are by Labflex. Mobile laboratory conference furniture is provided by Kartell.

COMMON LAB
Dedicated lab space is provided with oversized industrial stainless steel sinks, large capacity sterilizer and lab glasswasher with DI rinse cycle.