MAI Construction is pleased to announce the completion of a biotech workspace remodeling project on the University of San Francisco campus. 

Matt | Monday, January 21st 2019 | Blog

USF Biotech Workspace Remodeling Project

The project began as part of a facility remodel undertaken as a result of a $2 million gift to the university from biotech entrepreneur Kirk Schroeder and his wife, Nicole. As part of the gift, the university needed a laboratory and workspace suitable for advanced biotech studies as well as staff to manage and monitor the new interdisciplinary biotechnology course. The course will launch in the spring semester for upper-level science majors interested in careers in biotechnology and will address trends, research methodology at the practical level and skills development, among other intended outcomes. 

 

MAI Construction was chosen to perform this project because of our proven capabilities in dealing with fast-track projects, as well as our extensive experience in constructing for both the educational and biotech fields. 

For MAI’s part, the project required an interior remodel to an existing lab, #323, on the third floor of the Harney Science Center. The specifications also demanded the construction of a new tissue culture lab in the area, with a total project area of roughly 760sq.ft. The final intent for the space was to create a biotech company’s working area in miniature, giving course enrollees a taste of “real world” biotech operations, functions and investigatory work. This presented some challenges, especially since the building was still open for classes during construction, including the need to prevent impeding other building operations and traffic.

To begin, demolition of all existing cabinetry, storage, and fume hoods had to be done. This left a clean slate from which to build out the new finishes and casework for the space, including an emergency shower/eyewash station, a new biosafety cabinet, and incubators for tissue cultures and other associated uses. 

The project was completed on a fast-track schedule and under budget. We believe, with the spring semester launching and the first labs being hosted in the space, MAI Construction has once more demonstrated our capabilities and commitment to quality in every facet of every project we tackle.