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The Vollum Institute is a 40 year-old land mark research building with pairs of laboratory floors separated by shared amenity floors. In 2015, in preparation for the incoming director, Dr. Marc Freeman, OHSU selected our partner, ORANGEWALLstudios, to program, plan, design and renovate designated lab space to meet his research requirements as well as holistically address an aging approach to disparate laboratory and support functions and critical infrastructure throughout the building.

Additionally, lab planning, design and construction activities were coordinated, and acoustic and vibration evaluations completed, to ensure the project had no negative impact on the lower level vivarium. While under construction, all labs across five floors were planned and renovated in a multi-phase approach to allow for uninterrupted research.
Critical scope included new mechanical exhaust infrastructure and controls systems, electrical systems, back up power systems, lighting and lighting control systems, architectural finishes, upgrades for the lab fume hood exhaust fans and replacement of mission critical back up power infrastructure.

The rigorous design and construction efforts and coordination with multiple stakeholders and customer groups resulted in the comprehensive renovation of a world-class research building to enable previously isolated independent laboratories to connect in shared, intermittent amenity floors and extensive collaboration environments.