The renovation part of the project proved challenging for another reason. The area was a reactor room with an array of tanks and technology, all housed in a narrow facility. “This small footprint required us to carefully plan individual steps so that we could work in and around everything that was in the space,” says Jay Weldon, assistant project manager.
Here, our BIM modeling came in handy. We worked from a highly detailed view of all pipes, equipment and other elements in the reactor room. From there, we could determine the best approach for each step, taking care to ensure that the systems we built and installed would be easily accessible to maintenance teams in the future.
A third area of detail had nothing to do with engineering or construction – it was about record keeping.
“Because it was a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility, it had to comply with FDA regulations, and that meant we did too,” Weldon says. “We had to document where every valve was sourced, how we tested each piece and when we made adjustments. For example, we needed to create time-stamped images showing what we did before and after testing.”
All of the paperwork had to be turned over before commissioning and validation could proceed for the project. Fortunately, the careful documentation validated our process and work. The FDA saw that every detail was in place.