LABORATORIES, RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY

utsaCoats Group was retained by the University of Texas at San Antonio to coordinate the movement of 30 cellular research labs from the existing campus into a newly constructed South Texas Research Facility (STRF) in San Antonio, Texas consisting of 125,000 square feet of research space. The project included approximately 30 unique lab cell functions containing instruments that were one of a kind, 25 laser instruments, many laser/optical tables, floor mounted instruments, benchtop instruments, a large quantity of glassware, certain items of furniture, chemicals and consumable supplies.

Project challenges resulted from the exchange of certain instruments between lab cell functions; the quantity of laser related instruments; many laser/optical tables; a high volume of chemicals and a high volume of tissue culture samples that required strict adherence to protocols to protect the integrity of the samples.

The Project Leadership Team included Corporate Real Estate, Research & Technology Executives, Lab Cell Management, Health Safety & Environmental, Facilities Management, Procurement and I.T. Prior to the retention of Coats Group, the Project Leadership Team had concluded that the physical relocation would require 4 weeks to accomplish. Coats Group developed an alternative plan that would lead to the completion of the relocation project within a 10 day timeline with minimal interruption to lab cell functions. The Coats Group relocation strategy was accepted and implemented. The project was completed on schedule. Coats Group delivered its fees along with 35% of the project budget back to the client.

huntsmanCoats Group was retained by Huntsman Petrochemical to coordinate the consolidation of lab functions from 5 locations. These 5 different facilities in Austin, Tx., Odessa, Tx., Los Angeles, Calif., W. Deptford, N.J. and Brewster, N.Y. were to consolidate into one newly constructed research facility consisting of 250,000 square feet of research space in The Woodlands, Texas.

The project included approximately 80 unique lab cell functions containing several super hi-tech instruments (NMR, etc.); instruments that were one of a kind; floor mounted instruments; benchtop instruments; a large volume of glassware; certain items of furniture; chemicals and consumable supplies. Several project challenges resulted from the movement of instruments of heavy weight and large dimension; a high volume of glassware; an inordinate volume of chemicals and a very large NMR. Several instruments required a crane to vertically lift equipment through the rooftop at existing sites and the reverse process at the new site due to egress and ingress limitations.

This required the services of a rigger/machinery mover in addition to traditional movers. The Project Leadership Team included Corporate Real Estate, Research & Technology Management, Health Safety & Environmental, Facilities Management and IT. Prior to the retention of Coats Group the Project Leadership Team had concluded that the physical relocation would require 3 months to accomplish. Coats Group discovered that by creating effective pre-movements of long lead time assets (such as the NMR) that the volume move project could be completed in 30 days saving 2 months of time. The Coats Group relocation strategy was accepted and implemented and was actually completed 4 days ahead of schedule. Coats Group delivered its fees along with 30% of the project budget back to the client.

evonikCoats Group was retained by Evonik Industries in Richmond, Virginia to coordinate consolidation of two separate project oriented research facilities into one newly constructed research center consisting of 150,000 square feet of lab space. The project included the coordination and movement of 22 highly technical instruments, each requiring a unique technical vendor (several traveling internationally) to de-commission and re-commission instruments following physical movement. The project also included the movement of instruments that were one of a kind, benchtop instruments, chemicals, large quantity of glassware, specialized lab furniture and consumable supplies. Each lab cell function was unique, however, joint use of certain hi-tech instruments existed which added complexity to the project.

The Project Leadership Team included Corporate Real Estate, Research & Technology Management, Health Safety & Environmental, Facilities Management and I.T. Prior to the retention of Coats Group, the Project Leadership Team had concluded that the physical relocation would require 2 weeks to accomplish primarily due to the joint use of certain instrumentation. The Coats Group due diligence process discovered that increments of time existed during mid-steam testing in which multi-lab cells could be relocated within defined sequences of moving. Effective synchronization of each lab cell and it’s test process would allow for sets of lab cells to be disassembled; samples preserved for test completion at the new center; physically moved and re-commissioned in a close proximity of time. Coats Group prepared and presented a plan to the Project Leadership Team that would complete the relocation along with all instruments fully commissioned and tested over a 5 day period. The Project Leadership Team approved the plan. The Coats Group team managed the project to completion on a precise time line. The savings of time resulted in the return of Coats Group fees to the client along with 15% of the relocation budgeted amount.