LCS Constructors, Inc.

EXPERIENCED GENERAL CONTRACTORS

DEDICATED TO LABORATORY AND TECHNICAL FACILITIES

When your laboratory design requires the construction of a cleanroom, LCS Constructors can do that for you, with 36 years of experience specializing in laboratory and technical facility projects.

A cleanroom is a marvel of engineering, invented to create a space where even the tiniest particles are eliminated from the air. Particles larger than 0.3 microns can cause damage to systems, contaminate pharmaceuticals, interfere with manufacturing, kill circuits, and jam microelectronics.

It can be difficult to conceptualize how small we’re talking about. One micron is one thousandth of a millimeter. For purposes of comparison, a human hair can be 17-171 microns in diameter, and a strand of spider web silk can be 3-8 microns in diameter. So divide the thinnest spider web strand into 10 pieces and you have a particle about 0.3 microns.

According to Roger McFadden, senior scientist at Staples, Inc., humans generate approximately 100,000 particles per minute that are 0.3 microns and larger–just by standing motionless–and this increases to 10,000,000 particles per minute when walking about 5 mph. These are skin flakes, oils, perspiration, and hair. Wait, what? You just shed at least 100,000 pieces of dust in the last minute?

If these invisible tiny contaminants are this prolific, what about construction dust? How in the world does anyone build one of these cleanrooms in the first place? It’s easy to walk into a brand-new, pristine cleanroom, excited about beginning operations and merely faced with having to do the maintenance to keep it clean. But did you ever stop to think about how hard it was for the builder to get it that way in the first place?

At LCS Constructors, the successful construction of a cleanroom begins with the design. Every cleanroom is designed to foster airflow in a continuous direction with a minimum of turbulence that could stir up contaminants. Then we make strategic choices about what building materials we use, where we construct them, and how we assemble them on-site. We pay close attention to the selection and installation of the right air filters, and we make sure that there are no air leaks.

Cleaning up our construction dust is completely different than merely sweeping out sawdust and running a quick mop over the floor. After all, we even have to think about all those invisible particles that we’ve generated by walking and standing, and we can’t even use a paper towel to wipe things off, because it sheds its own contaminants. So we use special equipment and procedures and do things the right way the first time.

All of these things require expertise and a high level of attention to detail. At LCS Constructors, you can rest confident in the knowledge that you’re getting a cleanroom that’s actually clean and ready for you to begin operations. Why would you want to go with anyone else when they might not have the knowledge, experience, and tools to do the job? Give us a call today and we’ll discuss with you all the factors that will make your cleanroom project a success.

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