Roswell Park Cancer Center Laboratory Renovations

C&S was selected for full architectural and engineering design and construction administration services for the laboratory renovations on the third, fourth, and fifth floors of the Extramural Research Center Immunotherapy program at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI). The project was funded through a grant, and the lead agency was the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Center for Research Resources. The review and permitting agency was DASNY.
The architectural work included assisting RPCI with space programming, life safety evaluations for exiting distances, ADA accessibility, new room finishes, and casework for the lab spaces. Existing cold rooms were also refurbished.

The fire detection system included a new fire alarm system integrated into the building wide system. The fire protection system included the installation of wet-pipe fire suppression sprinklers on the affected floors connected to an existing Class III standpipe system.

The mechanical engineering scope included evaluation, demolition, and design of a new air handling system. New work included pumps, fans, heat exchangers, and ductwork routing for the new programmed spaces. New temperature controls and fume hoods were also added. The NIH guidelines required an extensive investigation into all existing mechanical systems serving the third, fourth, and fifth floors to determine if the existing systems had the necessary capacity and redundancy. The guidelines also required fume hood risers made of stainless steel, heat recovery availability, correct fume hood exhaust capacity, and fume hood redundancy.

The plumbing scope included natural gas drops, DI water, new sinks, compressed air outlets, lab vacuum outlets, eye wash stations, and emergency showers.

The electrical scope included reusing the existing distribution system, and reconfiguring the branch circuiting to accommodate the power and lighting. A few new cameras and a door access control system were integrated into the new spaces, and tied into the building wide system. Wireless and data drops in the offices were designed. Data closets and a new freezer alarm system were added.

Design was done under the current building codes, DASNY design guidelines and  the NIH design requirement manual with provisions for biosafety in microbiological and biomedical laboratories.