Case Study

Georgia Department of Public Health Laboratory

The Georgia Department of Public Health Laboratory in Decatur, Georgia, serves state residents by providing accurate, timely, and confidential clinical and non-clinical laboratory services. Newborn screening, lead screening, and fluoride testing are just a few of the public health aids the laboratory provides for patients of county health departments, public health clinics, physicians, hospitals, and state agencies. Facility staff also perform sample testing for emergency preparedness against biological and chemical threats, with various units focusing on specific fields like molecular biology, bacteriology, microbial immunology, parasitology, and virology—major players in public health and safety.

When leadership decided that they needed to improve the energy and operational efficiency of two biosafety labs in the facility, they approached Salas O’Brien for help. Our team provided mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design, as well as retro-commissioning services that pinpointed specific methods of increasing the energy usage and operational efficiency in the labs. Thanks to Salas O’Brien, the facility’s research areas are operating better than ever and empowering scientists in their work.   


Decatur, Georgia

Project Size:
67,000 Square Feet

Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Engineering