Manhattan has constructed some of the nation’s most advanced science and technology facilities. Our portfolio of work includes the construction of secure containment areas, including Biosafety Level (BSL) 1, 2, 3, & 4 laboratory environments.

These levels identify the type of precautions required to secure biological agents within the laboratory. Level 4 is the highest biosafety level and requires the most safeguards. 

 

U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) Replacement Project
Ft. Detrick, Maryland


Rendering by: CUH2A Smith Carter

Manhattan is constructing the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) Replacement Project which will house some of the most dangerous and infectious biological agents, such as Ebola, known in the world today.

This six-story research facility, which is part of the existing National Interagency Biodefense Campus (NIBC) located on the Fort Detrick base, will contain the largest block of state-of-the-art BSL 3 and BSL 4 laboratory suites in the world.

Construction and design features include cast in place high containment concrete work, isolation chambers and airlocks, chemical decontamination showers, and extensive state of the art MEP systems.  All of the utilities, doors, chemical decontamination showers, air locks, and windows are fully cast into the concrete walls, requiring intense and exacting pre-placement coordination.

This project is LEED-registered seeking Silver certification. The LEED green building certification program is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of green buildings.

Manhattan is building the project in a joint venture with Torcon, Inc. of Red Bank, New Jersey.



NASA Exploration Sciences Building Project
Greenbelt, Maryland


Manhattan constructed the Exploration Science Building project. The facility contains 90 laboratories with extensive M/E/P systems to accommodate advanced research by NASA. The massive system feeds each laboratory individually.

Laboratory types include electronic (including low frequency, electromagnetic, photonics and an experimental test range), chemical, optical, infrared and computer. Each laboratory includes unique construction materials. For example, one laboratory was coated with the element Boron. Boron absorbs neutrons without forming unstable atoms.

The project is LEED Gold certified. The LEED green building certification program is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of green buildings.

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