Local contractor BNBuilders provided preconstruction and construction services for the new 160,000-square-foot lab and office facility for global biopharmaceutical company Celgene. The tenant improvement project was completed ahead of schedule in January, and is targeting LEED Gold certification.
Consisting of biology and chemistry laboratories, a vivarium, BSL-2 labs, cold rooms, NMR, data center and a collaborator lab, the new facility provides Celgene with the highest quality support space to accomplish their mission -- to deliver truly innovative and life-changing drugs for their patients. BNBuilders utilized fast-track procurement for pre-purchased equipment, along with design-assist mechanical and electrical subcontracting in order to complete construction in less than eight months. Overall design and construction for the large project was completed in just 13 months.
"We are extremely proud of the recently completed Celgene project and look forward to watching Celgene develop potential lifesaving therapies in their new state of the art facility. Collaboration between the entire project team enabled us to deliver the project on schedule and under budget. We strongly believe our teamwork, trust and accountability was a successful model for delivering this complex and fast track project." -- Jay Ingram, project executive at BNBuilders
Designed by DGA San Diego, Celgene's Class-A office space accommodates new equipment, technology and modern amenities. DGA focused on three key elements above all others -- abundance of light, continuation and transparency of the space from the physical building into the surrounding landscape, and promoting a strong sense of collaboration.
"In a space where science and innovation occur, human interaction is so important, it's not just about what happens in the lab, but it's about people working together to solve complex problems. We created places for these types of conversations to occur." -- Steve Pomerenke, design principal at DGA
The core team of Project Management Advisors Inc., DGA, Hope Engineering, CRB Engineers, Pacific Rim Mechanical, Bergelectric, and the entire subcontractor team collaborated on the keys to success, including progressive building, sustainable design and an accelerated schedule. While managing the construction, BNBuilders also self-performed structural concrete and lab casework.
Celgene's new high-tech home reflects the innovative, industry-leading research and development that is improving the lives of patients worldwide.
BNBuilders is a mid-size general contractor that specializes in highly technical commercial construction projects.
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