Laboratories and advanced manufacturing facilities give scientists, research organizations, and technologists a distinct advantage and an ability to achieve exceptional results. However,
to design and build those spaces, architects, planners
and contractors must translate the client’s vision
into the built form. Technical thought leadership
must be merged with design excellence and engaged
clients in every step of the process to produce facilities with the end users’ goals in mind.
A client-focused approach to research facility
programming, design and project delivery promotes a collaborative relationship. All that’s missing
from that relationship are the technical tools and
advanced resources to let a researcher experience
the finished project before it’s even been fully
Precision enables innovation
At Georgia Institute of Technology, JE Dunn has
been contracted to build out an ISO 7 cleanroom
in the existing Marcus Nanotechnology Building.
The lab is approximately 3,500 sf and will house
two GMP labs and a GLP lab, and will serve as a
research center that will develop processes and tech-
niques for ensuring the consistent, low-cost, large-
scale manufacturing of high-quality living cells used
in cell-based therapies.
The single most important part of designing, and
then building a cleanroom space is a fully collaborative, well-orchestrated preconstruction effort. It was
important to Georgia Institute of Technology that
the preconstruction effort center around a highly
collaborative process where the design team would
work hand-in-hand with the contractor for four
months; all the while providing weekly updates to
the scope and the estimate.
The secret to making this happen was the usage
of a software developed by JE Dunn Construction,
Microsoft and Autodesk. The software is called
Lens, and features four modules: Search, Aim, Focus
and View. Lens Search scours a comprehensive historic cost database to use a budgetary frame of reference for initial project cost estimating. Lens Aim
creates detailed, evolving cost estimates from concept to completion using a proprietary estimating
A real-world example of how cutting-edge software can promote
a collaborative cleanroom-building process.
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images: JE Dunn