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Novelis R&D Laboratory

Novelis R&D Laboratory | Kennesaw, Georgia

The project involved work to an existing 162,000-sq.-ft., single-story warehouse and office building in an LI zone to consolidate two existing facilities that at the time of the project were located out of state. The building houses research and development, laboratory, microscopy, offices and support spaces focused on the metal casting and fabrication business. The project included two air cooled chillers, pre-action and a clean agent fire protection system. Specialized requirements included a warehouse housing manufacturing and testing equipment.

Specialized Requirements

The scope required a total of 17 new fume hoods, oxygen and nitrogen piping at the lab benches. Some of the labs are ISO 17025 certified. Much of the equipment, including a pilot beverage can production line, was relocated from existing remote facilities out of state. This required many trips and careful coordination of the highly specialized equipment. Unique utility requirements are duplicated in the new facility. A majority of the equipment required substantial MEP infrastructure and significant base building modifications such as structural enhancement for overhead equipment, mechanical systems and roof top equipment.