The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD) Replacement Facility will be the U.S. Department of Defense's lead laboratory for medical chemical defense research. The facility will house 300 employees who will be involved in developing, testing, and evaluating medical treatments and materials to prevent and treat casualties of chemical warfare.
Bell performed the Mechanical and Plumbing scopes of work (SOWs) for the 530,000 square-foot facility, which includes chemistry laboratories built to meet Biological Safety Level 2 standards, as well as command headquarters, offices, specialty core laboratories, vivarium and vivarium support including Animal BSL-2 Animal Research and Animal Holding (ABSL-2) for various species including non-human primates, training facilities and a central energy plant. The building is separated into seven (7) separate areas (A1, A2, B, C, E, F and P (CUP)).
In addition to performing the Mechanical and Plumbing SOWs, Bell started a safety committee, ran the prep meetings, and standardized all details for the equipment installed for this project. Despite multiple schedule changes, change orders, and RFIs, Bell completed all work on schedule and under budget, and as a result received a Letter of Commendation from the Army Corps of Engineers for their outstanding performance on this job.
Central Utility Plant (P) Equipment includes:
The other six areas of the building (A1, A2, B, C, E and F) each have dedicated mechanical penthouses that include: