Combining expertise in a range of disciplines, including Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-validated biotech projects, semiconductor and interior healthcare renovations, DPR completed the renovation of the largest Blood and Marrow Transplantation/Good Manufacturing Practices (BMT/GMP) laboratory in the country for M. D. Anderson Cancer Center’s Houston campus. The 16,000-sq.-ft. lab is situated alongside critical patient care areas on the 14th floor of Lutheran Tower and includes an ISO Level 7 cleanroom (less than 83,200 microsized dust particles per cubic meter). It was built in line with FDA-validation procedures.
The project required a disciplined approach to infection control. Constant communication with the facility’s staff, doctors and nurses was a necessity. DPR coordinated all activity with staff, working around the day-to-day needs of the patients, with their safety and comfort a driving focus.
Critically ill patients occupied adjacent floors. As part of a rigorous infection control plan, DPR sealed draft stops and ductwork to ensure debris from the construction area did not enter patient rooms. Negative pressure machines, tacky mats, HEPA filters and other barriers were used as well.