Pfizer Research Laboratory, LA JOLLA, CA
To create a major research and development complex.
Expanded and integrated state-of-the-art research complex; increased ability to discover and develop new treatments for cancer and eye diseases; leading-edge research capabilities that will attract advanced scientists; increased employment opportunities; enhanced local economy; continued high levels of energy efficiency, reducing both energy consumption and costs.
As a major provider of mechanical contracting services to the healthcare and biotech industries, UMEC (CA) was the right choice for this complex, fast-paced construction project that required up to 110 workers during the peak activity period. The scope of work for this 170,000 s.f., LEED® certified building called for installation of all heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. In addition, the company performed all of the related plumbing, piping, and process piping work. This work included vital piping for lab gases, such as argon and helium, as well as compressed air and vacuum piping. The company also connected a stainless steel exhaust to 194 fume hoods, 215 Titus boxes, 141 supply air Phoenix valves, and 371 exhaust air Phoenix valves.
Pfizer La Jolla is part of Pfizer Global Research and Development and one of Pfizer's major research and development sites around the globe. The fully integrated, 33.5 acre campus consists of eight buildings, totaling more than 1 million s.f. Pfizer La Jolla's 1,000 scientists and staff discover and develop new medicines to treat many forms of cancer as well as eye diseases, such as glaucoma and macular degeneration.