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CDC Awards Contract for New GA Facility

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently awarded a $233 million contract for a new high-containment laboratory near its headquarters in Atlanta.

The contract was awarded to McCarthy Building Cos., which will serve as Construction Manager as constructor on the project. McCarthy also built the originally building, which opened in 2005.

Some Background

The CDC asked for $400 million to build a new lab in 2018, just 13 years after the previous one opened, which was supposed to serve the CDC for 50 years.

Flad Architects

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently awarded a $233 million contract for a new high-containment laboratory near its headquarters in Atlanta.

However, a few years ago the CDC said that the lab is “quickly wearing down” and that upgrades would require a shutdown of a period of years, which is less than workable since it is one of eight U.S. labs with the security and safety features to work with the highest-threat germs.

The original 400,000-square-foot concrete building opened in 2005 at a cost of $214 million.

While the short lifespan of the building is unusual, the need is attributed to the complexity of the systems in the building and that some parts needed for the current lab are no longer made.

At the time, the CDC asked Congress for $350 million for the lab and more than $50 million for related work.

The Project

In addition to McCarthy, the CDC also tapped Flad Architects, Page Southerland Page and WSP to plan and design the new facility.

The new Biosafety Level-4 facility (the highest designation) will house approximately 80 researchers and include:

  • High-efficiency particulate air filtered supply and exhaust air;
  • Air pressure resistant doors;
  • Pressure cascade zoning;
  • Effluent collection and treatment;
  • Pressure decay tested coatings and penetrations;
  • High-purity breathing air;
  • Chemical decontamination showers; and
  • Connections to the existing CDC campus utility systems with below-grade utility tunnels and a two-level bridge connection.

The project is estimated to take about 36 months and construction for the facility is slated to begin in 2021.

   

Tagged categories: Centers for Disease Control; Contract awards; Good Technical Practice; Government; Government contracts; NA; North America; Upcoming projects

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