Life Sciences

Life Sciences

Life Science facilities are an important part of our work. Much like Healthcare, we set systems up to maintain proper airflows, air changes, and pressures. Airtest does work in animal labs, FDA testing and production facilities, and any other facility that has a need to setup and maintain critical environments. AAALAC (American Association for Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care) confidence testing is done to ensure that animal labs are maintaining properly controlled environments. We provide testing for BSL 1, 2, & 3 Labs. Airtest has performed work on many projects with extremely complicated laboratory HVAC systems, with exceptional outcomes.

ICOS Bldg. 2

This was a design build project to construct a process development facility, and was Airtest’s first life science building. Although relatively small, the systems were complicated and required careful measurement and adjustment to establish the necessary pressure gradients. It was an excellent opportunity for Airtest to prove its capabilities in this area, and opened the door to taking on other Life Sciences projects.

307 Westlake

This building houses several life science research organizations. Since it includes offices, vivariums, research labs, and BSL 3 labs, several different types of HVAC zones and requirements were incorporated into the project, increasing the challenge of properly carrying out the TAB. In particular, vivariums have special ventilation requirements to properly care for research animals as regulated by AAALAC. Airtest provides annual AAALAC recertification for vivariums if requested.

UW Medicine Lake Union Phases 1, 2, 3

This project was densely packed with complicated ventilation systems serving research labs, vivariums, office spaces and large meeting spaces. Airtest’s work was completed in phases over a course of several years, as construction was completed. A new HVAC feature for Phase 3 was the inclusion of chilled beam technology serving the buildings. This was our first encounter with the chilled beam technology, and we are looking forward to working with it again.

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