Pharmaceutical Quality Control Lab
New biotech construction project for leading pharmaceutical company
Berkeley, CA
Project Size:
80,000 sq. ft.

Project Summary

This new, three-story, 80,000 square-foot building was built on an existing pharmaceutical company campus in Northern California to house a quality control facility for a new hemophilia drug. The building was equipped with BSL-2-level laboratories, CEI's largest nLight installation to date, robust gas detection systems and much more. The project involved a significant BIM effort, peaking at roughly 30 Local 595 electricians. 

During the 14-month project, the CEI team installed two (2) 12 kilovolt (kV) medium voltage services, Uninterrupted Power Supplies (UPS), an nLight lighting control system and a SCADA monitoring and control system, along with fire alarm, security, motion and DAS/ERRCS systems. The two 12 kV services feeding into the building were backed-up by two generators and UPS systems for redundancy in the event of a power failure at the site. In addition, CEI installed 268 pieces of lab equipment at the site--even those that arrived with German-language only instructions.

Because of the client's pharmaceutical business, there was a single, extremely narrow window to conduct a shut-down and install major gear while the client suspended its chemical processes. CEI's team worked tirelessly with vendors and suppliers to ensure all gear was on-site and ready to be installed according to schedule. Despite more than 31,000 manhours on the project, CEI delivered a successful safety performance.