St. Louis General Contractor
- 17,000 SF Lab/Office
- Cortex St. Louis
- HVAC, Electrical, and Plumbing heavy for lab use
- High End Finishes in office areas
Healthcare facilities – as well as biotechnology, microelectronic, medical, and telecommunication facilities – typically require clean rooms, which are controlled environments that are kept completely free of contaminants. Product development and testing environments require stringent construction and cleanliness procedures, much different than those of typical construction sites. G. S. & S. Construction is highly experienced and exceptionally diligent in healthcare/medical and clean-room construction.
Cleanrooms are constructed to accomplish specific levels of purity through air flow and filtration; they are classified either by the International Standards Organization (ISO) or by the federal government (FS209E); Class 1 cleanrooms, for example, the cleanest federal standard, have a maximum of 1,000 particles per cubic foot of air, with the particles defined as 0.5 mm or higher in size.
A room in a typical office building might have an air quality of 100,000 particles per cubic meter; those particles could include pollen, dust, dander (skin or hair cells), microbes, aerosol particles, and chemical vapors. (In comparison, the air outside typically has millions and millions of particles per cubic meter).
From the beginning of construction, G. S. & S. Construction is equipped to integrate and coordinate the entire process to ensure maximum clean-room performance at the level required by the client, including sealed-off rooms, segregated HVAC installation, targeted air filtration, epoxy-coated flooring, special caulking, wipeable surfaces painted with wipeable paint, temperature and humidity controls, the number of air changes per hour, and installation of specialized lines, such as vacuum, oxygen, nitrogen, medical gas, and so on. Additionally, since the onset of the Covid 19 pandemic, we have refined our workflows to keep our customers and their patients as safe as possible.