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Materials Testing Facility
Location: Malvern, PA
Project Size: 40,000 SF
Design Team:
   ■  Structural: DiGenova Associates, Inc.
   ■  MEP-FP: Precis Engineering
   ■  CM: HSC Builders & Construction Managers
   ■  Property Manager: Binswanger

Johnsrud Architects is pleased to announce the completion of a fast-track materials science research and development center.

This design-build project focused on the R&D portion of a consolidation effort for a global building materials company. The project included fit-out of an existing office building to create 28,000 SF of flexible labs appropriate for contemporary materials science and 12,000 SF of collaborative office space. The design team was able to incorporate materials manufactured by the client into the design to achieve sustainability goals.

Laboratory flexibility was achieved by using mobile casework, overhead service carriers, and strategic location of fixed lab components. The two-story building required unique design solutions to accommodate specialty equipment, stringent environmental parameters, and hazard containment. A dock area with exterior lift was also incorporated to accommodate larger material deliveries. BIM techniques were applied to capture a comprehensive equipment inventory, which was utilized for multiple reasons including clash detection at the existing elevator.

Office areas paired a balance of collaborative spaces along with individual contemplative spaces for the R&D scientists. Office flexibility was pursued in open office areas through floor based utility distribution allowing future revised furniture layouts. The design also realized ‘common areas’ (conference rooms, teaming areas, break area, and circulation paths) at the exterior of the 2nd floor plate, providing more universal access to daylight and views of the park-like campus. Owner concerns with details of the office fit-out were addressed through presenting options utilizing 3D imagery, which promoted ease of comprehension and discussion.

   ■  Overall project schedule nine months – A/E kick off to Owner occupancy
   ■  Customized laboratory solution to provide flexibility
   ■  Full ADA compliance for all areas including laboratories
   ■  Advanced BIM execution using visualization for quick owner decisions and A/E clash detection
   ■  Design-build team invited back to present on Earth Day the year following fit-out