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EPCM Approach Reduces Costs & Footprint for Tnslational Medicine Center

Square Footage Reduced by 52%, Costs Cut by 16% for New Translational Research Facility (Summary below. Read Tradeline article by Amy Cammell here)

Cost-Effective Solutions for Complex Projects

Genesis AEC, a leader in engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) for pharmaceutical facilities, successfully delivered a new translational medicine center of excellence with significant cost savings. By leveraging their EPCM expertise, Genesis AEC reduced the facility’s square footage by over 50% and cut cost estimates by 16%. This achievement highlights the value of a collaborative, integrated approach to pharmaceutical facility construction.

3D modeling of the utilities running down a corridor (left) was used in a coordination session to facilitate clash detection. The modeling can also be accessed at work stations in the field (right). No one works off paper, ensuring that everybody works from the same set of drawings.

3D modeling of the utilities running down a corridor (left) was used in a coordination session to facilitate clash detection. The modeling can also be accessed at work stations in the field (right). No one works off paper, ensuring that everybody works from the same set of drawings.

A master shaft (the bold red line on the floorplan) contains all services for the building, which had the dual benefit of saving valuable space and making maintenance more efficient.

A master shaft (the bold red line on the floorplan) contains all services for the building, which had the dual benefit of saving valuable space and making maintenance more efficient.

Access to a 23,000-sf warehouse allowed for prefabrication of racks constructed by multiple trades working together offsite.

Access to a 23,000-sf warehouse allowed for prefabrication of racks constructed by multiple trades working together offsite.

Streamlined Design and Construction Process

Genesis AEC’s EPCM methodology fostered collaboration among all project stakeholders, including design and construction disciplines, equipment vendors, and the client. This early and continuous engagement ensured a streamlined process from design concept to facility handover, optimizing project timelines and cost efficiency.

Innovative Space Optimization Strategies

To maximize value and efficiency, Genesis AEC conducted a thorough analysis of the client’s needs versus wants. This approach led to innovative space-saving solutions, such as shared storage areas among labs and multi-purpose prep spaces and observation rooms. These design optimizations significantly reduced the facility’s footprint without compromising functionality.

First-of-its-Kind Firewall Design

Genesis AEC’s team devised an innovative firewall design that deviated from traditional approaches. By rating the entire structure to match the new addition’s fire-rated wall, they ensured code compliance while saving valuable square footage. This novel solution has since been successfully replicated in other projects.

Centralized Master Shaft for Enhanced Efficiency

The EPCM approach also facilitated the creation of a centralized master shaft for all building systems. This consolidation simplified maintenance tasks and improved operational efficiency, addressing challenges faced by the facilities team in the previous layout.

Procurement and Supply Chain Management

Genesis AEC’s asset management group leveraged their procurement expertise to optimize the project’s supply chain. Early procurement and access to a warehouse allowed for the timely acquisition and storage of materials, minimizing potential delays caused by supply chain disruptions.

Tailored Solutions for the Pharmaceutical Industry

Genesis AEC’s experience in pharmaceutical facility construction was instrumental in understanding the unique needs of the translational medicine center. Their team worked closely with the client to ensure the facility design met all regulatory requirements and operational objectives.

Conclusion

Genesis AEC’s successful delivery of the translational medicine center of excellence demonstrates the power of EPCM in the pharmaceutical industry. Their comprehensive approach, from design and construction to procurement and supply chain management, resulted in a state-of-the-art facility that optimizes space, cost, and operational efficiency.

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About Genesis AEC

Genesis AEC – an award-winning consulting, architecture, engineering, and construction management firm – has partnered with life sciences companies for more than 25 years to complement the scientific expertise of our clients as they usher in the next generation of life-saving therapies, treatments, and technologies. Whether it’s providing AE support for existing sites; commissioning, validation, and qualification (CQV) for specific processes or equipment; or turnkey design-build solutions, our team blends sound science and technical expertise with quality assurance and safety measures to deliver unparalleled results.