Brasfield & Gorrie completes research lab in North Carolina

Innovative construction technology allowed builder to complete high-tech lab in less than six months

Brasfield & Gorrie built this state-of-the-art lab in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park.

Birmingham’s Brasfield & Gorrie has completed work on a laboratory and research facility in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park, meeting a tight schedule despite COVID-causes procurement challenges.

The lab is working on the cutting edge — maximizing results that can be obtained from a single blood draw to find problems sooner and allow earlier intervention.

Brasfield & Gorrie applied its own cutting-edge technologies to complete the project in just 5.5 months.

“The project’s single greatest challenge was its schedule,” the Birmingham construction firm said in announcing the project completion. “Accomplishing this amount of work in 5.5 months is a massive undertaking for a laboratory buildout. With this and other hurdles (including protracted equipment lead times, industry-wide labor shortages, and highly uncertain market conditions) standing between us and the finish line, Brasfield & Gorrie turned to two key strategies to increase speed-to-market for this transformative project: Building Information Modeling (BIM) and a design-assist approach.

“A 3D model helped ensure that every step taken toward the finish line was a step in the right direction,” the company explained. “Daily BIM coordination meetings allowed project management, our Virtual Design + Construction team, the design team and MEP trades to triage pressing issues. The design-assist approach simplified equipment acquisition and helped reduce the overall project schedule by four months, enabling this facility’s cutting-edge technology to be made available at the earliest possible opportunity.”

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One of the nation’s largest privately held construction firms, Brasfield & Gorrie was founded in 1964 and has grown to have 3,200 employees in 12 offices.

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