Complexities of Brownfield Renovation: The Architects, Engineers, and Builders Perspective

March 16, 2017
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time


When challenged with ending leases at multiple facilities and the desire to expand their Current Good Manufacturing Practice footprint, MacroGenics, a clinical-stage, Maryland biotech, was faced with a unique problem. Their goal was to consolidate multiple locations and provide state-of-the-art laboratories, efficient new office space, and a Class 10,000 (Grade C) biotech manufacturing clean room production suite in an existing building originally designed and intended for mixed lab-office use. When coupled with an integrated design build approach and an aggressive construction schedule, the result is several lessons learned.

The completed project consisted of 139,000 square feet of renovated space on four floors in an existing building: 19,000 square feet of clean room manufacturing space; 12,000 square feet of warehouse; repurposing 6,000 square feet of laboratory space to accommodate new clean room mechanical support equipment; and the balance of the building being a combination of research and development laboratories, quality control laboratories, and office space.

After viewing this presentation, attendees will:

  • Learn about the challenges associated with phased construction of occupied buildings.
  • Understand the importance of scheduling and permitting.
  • Understand how current building and fire codes affect an older facility.
  • Understand the importance of equipment and equipment lists on building infrastructure and emergency generator sizing.


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Professional Development Hours and Continuing Education Credits

Webinar attendees and those who view the recording can earn one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for professional engineers or one Learning Unit (LU) from the American Institute of Architects for registered architects.

Contact I2SL after the webinar if you would like to receive a credit for your participation.

Instructor Biography

Bruce Werfel has more than 25 years of experience as a project architect for science and technology-based buildings. Bruce's strengths are his ability to identify a client's needs and maintain them throughout the design process, while keeping the team on track to meet their goals. He is also well versed in both new construction and renovation projects, giving him (and the owner) added value to a project.

Mark Crutchfield has more than 25 years of experience in construction and project management. His involvement includes both design-build and fast track, and he has managed a variety of project types for multiple industries including bio-med facilities, utility plants, data processing centers, and laboratories.

Yohan Blount has 12 years of experience as an electrical engineer designing power distribution, lighting, fire alarm, security systems, and teledata infrastructure. More than half of his project experience includes research laboratories and biopharma manufacturing facilities ranging from 1,500 sq ft renovations to 230,000 sq ft new construction. Yohan takes special interest in adding value where he can to the multi-discipline coordination process.


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