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Biofire Diagnostics

Salt Lake City, UT

Project Details

  • GENERAL CONTRACTOR
    Okland Construction
  • OWNER
    BioMerieux
  • INDUSTRY
    Commercial
  • SQ FT
    500,000 sq. ft
  • CVE DIVISIONS
    Electrical Construction | BIM/VDC | Multimedia | DAS

Project Overview

Biofire, a BioMerieux company, is a Salt Lake City-based company that develops, manufactures, and distributes molecular diagnostic systems to clinical laboratories. Okland Construction awarded Cache Valley Electric the electrical contract for the five-story facility in Research Park near the University of Utah.

Above ground levels of the building contain a warehouse, loading dock, manufacturing facilities, freeze-drying room, bio-chem laboratory, research and development areas, data center, kitchen and cafeteria, and administrative offices. A parking garage will be located on the two underground floors.

CVE’s scope of work consists of the entire power distribution system, lighting, generators, switchgear, voice and data, security rough in, and DAS (distributed antenna system) for the new facility.

Electrical Construction Division installed:

  • two 4000 amp services
  • two 1500 kW backup generators
  • two 500 kVA UPS units for critical power
  • complete lighting package with LED lights throughout the facility
  • lighting controls package
  • fuel tank power
  • controls for both truck fueling and generator fueling
  • several electric car charging stations in the parking garage
  • electrical installation for the autoclaves, lightning protection and fire alarm system

Preconstruction scope of work included:

  • collaboration with in-house BIM modeling experts
  • played a vital role in the proper installation of conduit racks and other systems.

This 3D modeling effort has helped to proactively catch countless clashes with other critical trades throughout the building. CVE superintendent Ty Taylor remarked, “This has been one of my favorite jobs to work on. BIM coordination and the use of pre fab, I have seen the value and savings increase due to the speed of the installation. This has been critical in helping speed the job up and keep the schedule.” Ty led a team of 60 electricians at the peak of construction.

Teledata installed:

  • voice and data solution and DAS
  • full Panduit 10 gig end-to-end solution with 600,000 total feet of cable and 3,000 cables to individual work stations
  • OM4 plenum armored fiber in the facility, as well as a Commscope DAS system to provide wireless service. Project manager Brad Christensen and lead technician Mike Roberts will
  • 10 technicians at peak of construction

Multimedia installed:

  • audio-visual services in forty-five locations throughout the building, including a mix of small, medium, and large conference rooms and a large training room
  • Christie Digital projectors into training rooms
  • 4K LED displays placed throughout the facility
  • Crestron DM (DigitalMedia) serves as the backbone for this deployment
  • Each meeting space also includes active room scheduling via the Crestron FusionRV Enterprise Management Platform.