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U. S. Food & Drug Administration Regional Laboratory in Irvine, CA

Working as a collaborative partner, Gilbane helped the U.S. Food & Drug Administration realize the agency’s strategic plan of consolidation with the intention of building an open and newly integrated work culture.

A Window into the World of Megalabs and Specialty Laboratories

Gilbane provided CM-Agency services for the new 135,000-square-foot megalab and office building for the Food and Drug Administration in Irvine, California. The 10-acre building site sits adjacent to the prehistoric San Joaquin Marsh. Careful supervision and precautions to protect the surrounding environment during the excavation phase was critical and the Gilbane team applied preventive measures and strategies which resulted in successful protection of the marsh.

The two-story FDA facility features analytical laboratories classified up to BSL-3, laboratory support services, administrative space, a conference center, library and dining area. The three lab wings are arranged with offsets at each end to provide space for vertical circulation, building services and systems without compromising the integrity of the lab modules. Open spaces along the perimeter of the office area offer views of the wetlands and encourage interaction between the two levels. A 450-foot, two-story glass curtainwall runs along the east-facing side of the building, emulating the contours of the site.

 Transition Planning and Management Moves Critical Research Along

Gilbane managed all aspects of relocating the client from two existing locations to their new Regional Laboratory in Irvine. Our team developed the relocation plan, schedule and budget in order to transition laboratories, administrative, compliance and research staff offices. The outcome of this planning was a smooth relocation of all administrative function and uninterrupted transition of critical research in progress.