This five-story addition to the existing National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) consisted of concrete foundations, composite floor construction, rough carpentry, minor demolition, interior finishes, and exterior work. Housing everything from the most basic to the most deadly infectious organisms made this laboratory a high-security zone, so the project team had fill out extensive security paperwork and background checks prior to being allowed onsite. Because the delay between submission and clearance could take up to 25 weeks or more to process, PCL worked closely with subcontractors to ensure sufficient labor was available to meet the schedule deadlines.
Sequential move-in dates were also used to save money and smooth the transition. The move-in was completed in stages, and if there were issues or concerns in one area, PCL was able to resolve them prior to the next group’s move-in date. The staged move-in saved the owner nearly one million dollars due to not having to build a temporary loading dock.