Cesar Australia’s operations were originally dispersed across multiple locations when they engaged Amicus to support the relocation of their business. This was an opportunity for Cesar Australia to bring their operations and staff to one central location to increase productivity, team cohesiveness and to co-locate services with sister company, EnviroDNA.
Located in a residential area, the building was originally unsuitable for a laboratory fitout, which created many design challenges to ensure it was fit for purpose and compliant to PC2 standards as well as Australian standards and building code requirements. Amicus Labline worked closely with our preferred laboratory specialist Architects and Engineering Services consultants, to ensure all services were upgraded to their maximum supply, granted by the respective authorities (water, electricity and gas). In the case where electrical demand exceeded the supplied demand, a gas alternative was designed to facilitate and power the base build air conditioning system.
Amicus Labline provided a complete design and construction package, providing expertise and advice in the initial phases and throughout the project. This ongoing involvement ensured that the lab met rigorous regulations whilst being a cohesive and connected workspace. Cross-contamination was an important consideration and therefore each of the lab spaces was positively and negatively pressurised. To meet and exceed the PC2 standards, the mechanical ventilation and filtration system for each lab environment was carefully thought through and discussed with Cesar Australia, to ensure both budget and functionality were achieved.
To test their product, it was crucial that Cesar Australia could replicate a live environment to cultivate the insects and cultures. This was achieved by constructing greenhouses (Head House and Shade House) and temperature-controlled rooms. The shade and head houses were designed with specific materials to suit the local environment and location on site. The houses were erected externally with extra measures taken to protect the houses during the harsh summer weather. The houses were equipped with both power and water and included steel benches of varying shapes and sizes to suit their purpose and function. The temperature-controlled rooms were placed internally within the laboratory. These rooms were specifically designed to achieve a wide range of temperatures (heating and cooling) and to replicate varying weather conditions.
Finishes in the lab included dark vinyl flooring, chemical resistant benchtops on powder-coated steel frames, colour-coded mobile joinery below the benches, and set ceilings within the PC2 areas. The office features large windows with natural light pouring through and windows looking into the lab to invite a sense of connection.
The design and collaboration were critical components to the success of this project. Amicus Labline remained the conduit of all information between Cesar Australia, Architects, Services Consultants and the sub-contractors used to construct the fitout.
Our project management, advice and expertise provided throughout the build were valuable and effective in ensuring that the lab was fit for purpose, on budget and met the required safety standards.
Cesar Australia’s operations and staff are now in one central fit for purpose location which has the potential to boost productivity and collaboration across divisions. As a trusted advisor, Amicus Labline and Cesar Australia continue to have an ongoing relationship, seeking advice as the company moves forward.
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