Project Summary

Expanding resources for animal healthcare through impactful relationships with this laboratory space

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The Space
Square Footage 79,000
Location Durham, NC
Zoetis, the world’s largest producer of medicine and vaccinations for pets and livestock grows its campus with a build-to-suit expansion, adding laboratory space totaling 32,000 SF and 46,000 SF of office space adjacent to its two existing facilities. Through dedicated partnerships, open communication, and trust between all stakeholders, this fast-tracked 12-month project achieves the owner’s vision of a world-class research laboratory and office facility. From the start, the project team and all stakeholders were committed to creating something special – a space that will provide the opportunity for growth for W&G Associates (owner) and Zoetis for years to come.

Proactive Partnership Proves Pivotal

The project’s original plans outlined a conventional steel building with cold-formed framing and masonry on the biomedical facility’s exterior skin; however, due to long material lead times and the rapidly increasing cost of steel, the project team proposed an alternative plan that would maintain the tight schedule. In partnership with Redline, building plans were adjusted, pivoting to a tilt-up construction method with architectural brick.

This route kept the integrity of the design intent intact, and the transition provided an opportunity to reimagine the project to create an all-encompassing campus.

Choate Construction Life Sciences Office Space
Aerial of Project Site Prior to Panel Erection

Creative Solutions to Supply Chain Snags

Finding innovative ways to secure and expedite materials was critical. For example, to maximize the usability of the owner’s property, the project team installed an underground storm retention vault. The on-time delivery of this vault was imperative to maintaining project schedule. As such, it was ordered as early in the process as was possible to allow for delivery and installation with no scheduling disruptions. However, as soon as Choate was notified that the manufacturer would be unable to make the intended delivery date, the project team secured the vault from another vendor in Georgia and kept the project on track to meet its completion date.

In order to serve the electric needs of both the office and laboratories, six electrical panels were required. When only a partial delivery of four panels arrived onsite, Choate moved quickly to locate others from an alternative source in Mexico. Once purchased, the interiors of the panels were reconfigured to meet the needs of the client, then shipped to the project site and installed. As a result, the project kept moving without delay.

Trust, dedication, and strong relationships were key to this project’s success, as the team formed new partnerships and strengthened existing ones along the way.


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