Bardi Mechanical, our commercial division, is currently completing an extensive HVAC systems installation as part of the construction of the Georgia Poultry Laboratory. The project began in the summer of 2013 and is anticipated to wrap this September. Bardi was commissioned to provide, install and start the entire HVAC system.
The facility is 35,998 square feet and requires an intricate system with hundreds of air valves and equipment. The lab is CDC Bio Safety Level 3 (BSL3) lab, which required special equipment including six large Greenheck laboratory exhaust fans, two large HEPA filters, 300-ton chillers and three very large air-handling units that supply air to the entire facility. We worked closely with general contractor Manhattan Construction Company. They are a stellar contractor and we have enjoyed working alongside their team.
The lab is a state Department of Agriculture project that was funded by the Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission (GSFIC). The lab works with the commercial poultry industry to ensure Georgia’s poultry is healthy by providing testing and diagnostics, monitoring disease, quality assurance and implementation of a National Poultry Improvement Plan.
The project began as a planned inspection. Bardi was awarded the installation because of our qualifications. We partnered with Siemens IT, the controls contractor, because of their lab expertise. They have worked on multiple BSL labs, including others for the CDC.
At the beginning of the project, we had up to 30 employees working to install the systems. We are now wrapping up by testing, fine-tuning and tweaking.
The Georgia Poultry Laboratory is the largest poultry lab in the United States and the third largest internationally. The intricacies of the facility and the project presented a challenge that we were excited about and prepared to complete. This is also one of the largest and most complicated projects we have ever completed. We look forward to taking on similar projects in the future.