Features & Highlights
- 200,000-square-foot building with labs, manufacturing and office space
- Precise coordination of existing utilities for relocated and highly specialized equipment
- Reconfigure existing space into new Level 1,000 and 10,000 cleanroom spaces
- Offices moved from exterior windows toward the building's interior for more natural light
Silicon Valley-based laser manufacturer’s lease on its adjacent building was set to expire in 18 months, and they wanted to move their employees into their existing facility next door. To do that required reconfiguring the existing 200,000-square-foot office, laboratories and cleanroom manufacturing spaces to allow additional employees within an 18-month period.
Sundt successfully increased the client’s office space by 46%, bringing their existing building up to a 95% utilization rate. To do this, we consolidated existing manufacturing space and reconfigured existing spaces into various levels of new cleanroom spaces. Finally, we completed a refresh of their lobby, kitchen, cafeteria and restroom areas.
The challenges in making this happen were not so simple. Existing manufacturing lines and laboratories could not have downtime because that would affect production. This meant the renovation would need to happen in nine separate sub-phases, requiring precise coordination and scheduling with employees and its operations multiple times. In total, there were 16 different business functions and over 600 employees who were affected by the project.
Weekly planning meetings helped to reconfigure existing spaces—100 different laboratories, manufacturing space and office moves were scheduled and coordinated. The 18-month period put time restraints in place; permits needed to be pulled quickly to build, and design meetings were on tight deadlines.