Amylin Pharmaceuticals, SAN DIEGO, CA
Mechanical Construction, Design/Assist, BIM & HVAC Services
New quality control capabilities; expedited mechanical construction through expert application of the design/assist method; awarded prestigious LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Silver certification; reduced energy consumption and costs; effective overall cost control; enhanced building comfort and productivity; optimum employee health and safety; high-performance systems tailored to meet client objectives.
MECHANICAL CONSTRUCTION OBJECTIVES
Convert a company warehouse into a state-of-the-art quality control laboratory.
MECHANICAL SERVICES & HVAC SOLUTIONS
Early in the project, UMEC (CA)'s design/assist specialists met with key project team members to help complete the design using UMEC (CA)'s advanced Building Information Modeling (BIM) capabilities. Before starting construction, three-dimensional computer models of the project were created and used throughout the mechanical construction process to identify technical issues early, coordinate scheduling, and identify and resolve spatial coordination conflicts. BIM brought value to the project by maximizing prefabrication opportunities, eliminating rework and optimizing safety plans to ensure that the client got the systems needed for maximum performance at this mission-critical facility.
After plans had been finalized, UMEC (CA) technicians installed the facility's major HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) equipment. This consisted of two 40,000-cfm (cubic feet per minute) air handlers and a pre-packaged 240-ton evaporative-cooled chiller. At the same time, the company provided a 34,500-cfm strobic general exhaust fan to ventilate one lab and a 7,000- cfm general exhaust fan to meet the needs of another. Additional specialized lab equipment included 13 fume hoods, 22 supply phoenix valves and 15 exhaust phoenix valves.
For the project's commercial plumbing system component, UMEC (CA) installed separate systems for liquid and gas utilities. The liquid system delivers industrial cold water, domestic cold water, industrial hot water and deionized water, while the gas system carries nitrogen, carbon dioxide, natural gas and helium, as well as lab air.
BIOTECH FACILITY BACKGROUND
Amylin Pharmaceuticals is a biopharmaceutical company committed to improving lives through the discovery, development and commercialization of innovative medicines, including potential therapies to treat diabetes and obesity.