The demand for biological research has been increasing in recent years and is forecasted to continue to grow, leading the world-class university to remodel and expand the existing facility to maximise its operational capacility. ISG was appointed to deliver a highly technical scheme that involved a significant volume of mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP), alterations and additions (A&A), technical fit out and structural works to enhance the operational standards of the laboratory and associated facilities.
Precise and comprehensive project planning is significant for completing such a highly critical facility with high client’s requirements to reach international standards. ISG team had a holistic project planning and established efficient communications with stakeholders and supply chain prior to commencement of actual works.
Delivered in two phases, phase one of the remodelling project commenced in April 2018. Upon completion of phase one in April 2019, a new plant room in an open space on level eight for housing steam generator, and a highly sanitised laboratory at Zone L on level seven of the Academic Building were delivered.
Following the one-month decanting process by the university in June 2019, phase two of the project begun, which covered the construction of a new building at Zone LB and modification of existing Zone H on level seven.
Our biggest challenge on the project included the nuisance control and mitigation for noise, smell, dust and vibration induced by the demolition and construction activities to the live environment surrounding the site areas. With close liaison with the facility users, we set an optimum schedule and methodology for the works generating nuisances including working at night or weekend, and used alternative working methods to minimise noise.
Another chanllenge was that we had to maintain very precise control for room temperature, humidity and air quality to achieve The Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC) accreditation. Preparing well the method statement of MEP diversion and having close monitoring and risk management of all works involved, the target could be meet as per the client’s requirements.
Comprehensive project planning and management saw the project completed after 25 months in May 2020, with excellent health and safety performance of zero accident recorded throughout the entire project period.