Due to the site conditions, DPR employed Lean construction techniques such as "just-in-time deliveries" and "prefabrication to avoid unnecessary storage requirements."
DPR completed this 121,500-sq.-ft., two-phase project for the University of Virginia Foundation. The first phase of this project included an 85,000-sq.-ft., four-story facility to house wet and dry lab space, an imaging suite, environmental rooms, a vivarium, office space, conference areas, and extensive mechanical and electrical infrastructure. The second phase, the Life Sciences Annex, was a new, mostly-underground, 36,500-sq.-ft. vivarium facility and shell space for additional imaging facilities, including an electron microscopy suite and research cyclotron.
The building itself provides facilities for organogenesis, engineering and computer sciences/computational biology, molecular imaging and research in aging. This facility includes UVA School of Medicine’s newest radiology clinical imaging which includes two MRI machines, a PET/CT scanner and angiography lab, cages and rack washers, dark rooms and cold rooms. DPR purchased, installed all of the equipment except for the MRIs and had these rooms built out and ready three months ahead of schedule. The building promotes social and intellectual interaction and interdisciplinary innovation to catalyze the surfaces between disciplines.
DPR self-performed the concrete work, received a Zero Defects letter and finished 30 days before scheduled completion. The team managed the replacement of the main electrical feeder with Dominion VA power that services Fontaine Research Park. There were no lost time accidents on the job and DPR’s safety inspection database, SafetyNet, included over 47,688 observations to ensure outstanding safety deliverance.