Their challenge

The Yerkes Research Center came under care of Emory University in 1956, a time when primate research was bringing about significant advancements in disease prevention (among them the first polio vaccination). Yerkes is one of only seven nationally funded Primate Research Centers, and it is committed to maintaining the highest possible standards for safety and compliance. In order to maintain these standards, Emory has needed a trustworthy engineering partner for several projects in the Yerkes Center.

Our solution

Our team has performed mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering for multiple projects at Yerkes. The first was a $3.6 million, 16,000-square-foot biosafety laboratory designated for AIDS research. Our team completed designs for fire protection systems, a pressure gauge control system, and air, gas, and vacuum systems (including HEPA filters for the supply and exhaust systems). Similar services were provided for a $2.4 million, 12,000-square-foot laboratory—with HEPA filtration implemented for supply and exhaust systems and designs completed for air, gas, vacuum, and fire protection systems as well as for glass and polypropylene acid waste management. The final, $1.7 million project covered four 5,000-square-foot research animal enclosure facilities. The systems for animal housing were designed to meet the Department of Health and Human Services requirements for responsible laboratory animal care, including a 100% outside air systems and systems for disease control.