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University of Connecticut Health Center
Stem Cell Research Tower
Farmington, Connecticut

The University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC) has embarked upon the renovation of an existing one-story structure to provide a research facility that will both incorporate high quality interior functions in support of the UCHC’s research programs, and to provide a new exterior identity for the interdisciplinary cell sciences research programs.

The core of the renovation effort is to provide new research and office spaces for the Stem Cell Core Lab, the Center for Cell Analysis and Modeling, the Department of Genetics and Developmental Biology, and the Neuroscience Department.  Upon completion of the renovation, the Research Tower facility will provide a small animal facility, meeting and conference rooms, incubator labs, wet labs and support spaces, as well as other typical building support areas.  In order to accommodate the research program, the renovation project shall include the installation of significant new MEP systems as well as the demolition of the majority of interior finishes and systems. 

The renovation of the existing building is expected to meet the requirements for a LEED Silver rating.  In recognizing the technically complex and functionally critical imperative of the building’s mechanical systems, UCHC has engaged Strategic Building Solutions to serve as the project’s Commissioning Agent.  As such, SBS will serve UCHC throughout the design, construction and post-construction phases to provide comprehensive commissioning services in order to satisfy LEED Silver requirements.  Included within SBS’ scope of work is the development, coordination and execution of test plans for the facility’s plumbing, mechanical, electrical and life safety systems.  In addition, SBS shall observe and document system performance and will determine whether systems are functioning in accordance with contract documents.

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