Case Study

Emory University

Yerkes National Primate Research Center

Salas O’Brien performed mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering for multiple projects at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center.

The first project was a 16,000 square foot Biosafety level 3 laboratory for AIDS research. The design included HEPA filters in supply and exhaust systems as well as air, gas and vacuum systems, fire protection systems, existing glass waste, and pressure gauge control systems for room pressure control with warning lights.

The second project was a 12,000 square foot laboratory. The design included HEPA filters in supply and exhaust systems with exhaust to the outside as well as air, gas and vacuum systems, fire protection systems, and polypro acid waste connected to existing glass waste.

The final project included (4) 5,000 square foot research vivarium (animal) facilities. The systems for the animal housing were designed to meet the DHHS requirements for “Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals”, including 100% outside air systems and systems to handle animals infected with the HIV virus for experimental purposes.

Highlights

Location:
Atlanta, Georgia

Construction Cost:
$3,600,000 (project 1)
$2,400,000 (project 2)
$1,700,000 (project 3)

Project Size:
16,000 Square Feet (project 1)
2,000 Square Feet (project 2)
20,000 Square Feet (project 3)

Discipline:
Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Engineering as well as Fire Protection

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