Symbio Laboratories

Design & Construct

Name:Symbio Labs, Lane Cove West NSW
Description:Design & Construction of 1400m2 PC-2 Food Testing Laboratory

The Problem: The project was complex and technically challenging, involving the refurbishment of a leaky, existing 2 storey light industrial building built circa 1960. The existing building was poorly maintained and had never undergone upgrades to meet changes to building codes and standards in over 55 years. Bull & Bear Projects was chosen as the Design and Construct head contractor to undertake the extensive refurbishment and upgrade of the base building and to design and fit out the purpose built Physical Containment Level 2 Laboratories and support areas.

The existing ‘fabric’ of the building had been neglected for decades, causing water leaks and uncontrolled air infiltration. Due to the nature of “Physical Containment” laboratories and standards for certification, these pre-existing conditions posed a serious risk to the practicality of the working lab.

Certified, high quality purpose design and built Physical Containment Laboratory

Challenges: Due to the extensive mechanical exhaust and air-conditioning requirements, careful consideration, attention and solutions to the existing structures of the building were implemented during the design phase to reduce costly structural upgrades to the roof in order to support the weight of mechanical units.

A constrained site challenged the design team to carefully arrange Lab and support areas in order to ensure a practical and efficient work flow of the Labs whilst ensuring Hazardous Areas, Gas stores and services reticulation, Loading Bays and Emergency Equipment were located at safe operating distances as to not impede on the flow of the labs and the businesses high flow of sample turnover.

The Solution: Bull and Bear’s dedicated design and construct team successfully completed the project with a high level of onsite and offsite project management demanding technical detail, quality craftmanship, compliance with multiple jurisdictions, statutory body certifications and international procurement, delivery and installation of materials, products and suppliers.

The result was a certified, high quality purpose design and built Physical Containment Laboratory and a very satisfied client.

Details:

Chemistry Laboratory including;

  • Physical Containment Level 2 Certified Design and Construction Standards
  • (8) x Fume Cupboards;
  • (3) x Balance Benches;
  • Walk Through Cool Room & Freezer Room
  • Variable Speed Control Furnace Room
  • (23) x Variable Speed Control Localised Exhaust Arms
  • (2) x Grain Dust Extractors
  • (4) x Custom Stainless Exhaust Hoods
  • High Purity Laboratory Gas Services & Regulators
  • Explosion Proof Dangerous Goods Room
  • Explosion Proof Mechanical Exhaust
  • Hazardous Area Gas Monitors
  • High Purity Water
  • Custom Trespa Top Lab benches & joinery
  • Custom Reagent Shelves
  • Laboratory Managers offices
  • Negative Pressure Exhaust Fans
  • UPS Power Backup

Microbiology Laboratory including;

  • Physical Containment Level 2 Certified Design and
  • Construction Standards
  • (2) x Custom Incubator Rooms
  • (1) x Custom Ambient Retention Room
  • (2) x Custom Exhaust Hoods
  • Walk Through Cool Room & Freezer Room
  • Variable Speed Control Sterilisation Steam Exhaust
  • Purpose Built Sterimed Waste Wet Room with Dedicated Exhaust
  • (1) x Laminar Flow Hood
  • Quarantine Approved Lab
  • High Purity Laboratory Gas Services & Regulators
  • High Purity Water
  • Custom Trespa Top Lab benches & joinery
  • Custom Reagent Shelves
  • Laboratory Managers offices
  • Dedicated Negative Pressure Exhaust Fans
  • UPS Power Backup

Support Areas including;

  • Reception & Waiting Areas;
  • Board Room;
  • Meeting Room;
  • 2 x Managers Offices;
  • Open Plan Workstations
  • Staff Lunch
  • Secure Server & Fire Rated UPS Backup Room
  • Male & Female Amenities
  • Secure Loading Dock
  • Hazardous Area Gas Cylinder Store
  • Fire & Emergency Services
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