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BSL4 Lab Renovation

(Fort Detrick, MD)


This project was the renovation of an existing Bio-Safety Level 4 Lab, known as BSL4, for USAMRIID, the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, MD. Due to the limited BSL4 Lab space in the United States, this project was “fast tracked” and designated to be completed without delay.

Kirlin Builders was given four months to complete the bio-safety laboratory renovation. To expedite an aggressive project schedule, KB sought to order and store construction materials and meticulously plan the phasing to allow for swift project completion upon decontamination of the space.

Once demolition was complete, new concrete masonry unit walls were erected, frames installed, and utilities roughed-in. Given the aggressive nature of this project, rooms where started and completed as they became available in order to get the lab turned back over to research staff.

Work was simultaneously conducted in the interstitial space with demolition of ductwork, installing piping, duct, air handling units, exhaust fans, and controls. Some of unique lab-specific equipment KB installed as part of this project included breathing air lines, animal watering, dunk tanks, and a chemical shower, all of which are captured in the photography.

KB completed a first class BSL4 Laboratory on schedule and it continues to be used to conduct research for some of the most exotic biological agents.