$2 million remodel paves way for faculty research
SAN DIEGO — BNBuilders last week announced that it recently completed the UC Riverside School of Medicine Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) Remodel. This $2 million project involved converting an existing laboratory space into a BSL-3 Suite for faculty research programs. As an experienced builder for this type of highly specialized construction, BNBuilders has completed numerous technologically-advanced life science and research facilities throughout the Western US.
At UC Riverside’s School of Medicine, BNBuilders completed selective demolition of existing laboratory space and infrastructure in an occupied building, and constructed new procedure rooms and research space with new dedicated mechanical systems. The 1,383-square-foot remodel included an anteroom, gowning/de-gowning room, shower area, procedure rooms, an autoclave, biosafety cabinets, and other specialized equipment.
BNBuilders also ensured that the laboratory met BSL-3 specifications to ensure appropriate containment of dangerous biological agents. BSL-3 laboratories must be behind two sets of self-closing doors, and any seams in the floors, walls, windows, and ceilings must be sealed to prevent any microbes from leaving the suite and for easy cleaning and decontamination. The ventilation system must force clean air into the lab where infectious agents are handled, and air from inside the laboratory must be filtered before it can be exhausted back into the atmosphere. BSL-3 is commonly assigned to facilities that work with tuberculosis, SARS, yellow fever, and West Nile virus.
Jamie Awford, Principal at BNBuilders, states, “This lab will offer new opportunities for UC Riverside researchers to contribute to the worldwide knowledge of and treatments for dangerous pathogens. We are proud to be a part of that important work.”
Founded in 2000 in Seattle, BNBuilders is a West Coast general contractor that specializes in complex projects for clients in the life science, healthcare, education, commercial, public, multi-family residential, and office sectors. BNBuilders is known for their innovative solutions to highly technical issues, comprehensive preconstruction services, passion for sustainable construction practices, and commitment to safety. With multiple offices in Washington and California, BNBuilders is a leader and preferred contractor on the West Coast. Offices include Seattle, Irvine, and San Diego. For more information, visit www.bnbuilders.com.