When your lab is not able to cease operations for a construction project, it’s tempting to hold off on scheduling the construction work for as long as possible, knowing that it is going to disrupt people’s workstations and introduce a lot of new traffic patterns while the work is being done. You may not have the desire or the luxury of being able to move to a different facility. But you need construction done for a reason, and the longer you hold off, the longer you’re doing without your major overhaul or overdue update.
We understand why it’s somewhat of a daunting and dreaded thing to face, and we’re committed to being sensitive to your needs and careful with the nature of precision work that needs to be done in the lab.
Having construction done in an occupied lab is not something you want just any construction management company to tackle. There’s a reason to go with an established laboratory construction specialist.
Several years ago, a major hospital in Bristol, TN hired a general contractor to conduct repairs while the hospital continued to operate. One worker, unfamiliar with the specific sensitivities inherent to hospital construction, cut through some drywall and inadvertently cut through a copper pipe behind the drywall at the same time. This caused the sprinkler system to go off in the next room, flooding CT scan machines and other expensive equipment and causing millions of dollars in damage.
It’s like asking someone to hand wash your fine china who has only ever washed unbreakable plastic dishes. That person is more likely to break some of your china, because there’s a certain lack of knowledge of the carefulness that one has to exert.
Since we specialize in laboratory and technical facility construction, we do it all the time in both occupied and unoccupied contexts. We know how to tread carefully around your sensitive instruments, and we are specifically trained in things to do and not do. When we need to put up plastic sheeting to isolate a construction environment from your work environment, we do it with the understanding that dust and air leaks are a bigger deal in a lab than they would be in a land of cubicles. Yes, some people’s desks and equipment might have to move temporarily. But overall, you’ll find that we mean what we say when we talk about sensitively doing construction in an occupied lab.
So while you’re continuing to work, we can come into your space, get your job done without intrusion, and leave you with a brand new shiny facility. After the fact, you’ll be so happy to finally feel the relief of the finished project rather than the dread of the impending one.