Charles River Lab Cold Storage

For Charles River Laboratories

Sector: Science and Technology

This demolition and fit-out included 1,000 CF of 5 oC, -20 oC and -70 oC freezer storage area. An exterior, enclosed concrete pad for the new cold box condensers was installed, along with upgrades to the MEP/S systems. The renovation was performed while the facility was occupied, requiring extensive logistical communication.  
  • 41’ x 41’ concrete pad
  • New ductwork
  • Design-build construction
  • Owner Icon Owner: Charles River Laboratories
  • Owner Icon Architect: L2P
  • Owner Icon Location: Wayne, PA
  • Owner Icon Square Feet: 3,000 SQ FT
Services Provided
  • Preconstruction
  • Construction
  • Lean
  • Design-Build

IMC's Innovative Approach to Project Challenges

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The project had minimal design drawings, some delegated design, and verification of existing conditions.  Despite extensive coordination between plumbing contractor and cold room vendor, the provided compressed air did not meet cold room input requirements.

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The solution required an upgraded air compressor and additional dryer provided by the plumbing contractor to ensure adequate pre-treated air for the cold box system.

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Due to the complexity of these systems, regardless of project size, IMC’s lesson learned would be to require professional engineer oversight to monitor the compatibility of MEP delegated designs.

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