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Building J Research Laboratory, Seattle, WA

building total area

175,000 SF

completion date


total construction cost



Large Seattle Biotech Firm

a/e team

Flad Architects

AEI Mechanical Engineers

AEI Electrical Engineers

construction team

Skanska General Contractor

J.H. Kelley Mechanical Contractors

Aztech Electrical Contractors

Siemens Controls Contractor


project description

This project was the new home of a large, national biotechnology corporation. The project consisted of a campus of new buildings located at pier 88 on the Seattle, WA waterfront. Building J is a pharmaceutical research laboratory building that includes a vivarium and a data center.

services provided

WJC (under AEI Engineers) was subcontracted to provide Commissioning Authority services for this building. WJC’s responsibilities included representing the mechanical engineer during the commissioning process, trouble-shooting problems that arose during the commissioning process, writing the functional performance tests, and witnessing the execution of the functional performance tests by the general contractor’s test engineer and subcontractors. WJC also recommended approval for system acceptance after functional performance testing was completed and deficiencies resolved.

systems tested

DDC control system, 2 laboratory supply air handling units, 3 vivarium supply air handling units, 1 lab general exhaust air handling unit, 3 vivarium general exhaust fans, 3 fume hood exhaust air system, 2 cagewash exhaust fans, 2 BL-3 suite exhaust fans, 3 radio-isotope fume hood exhaust fans, 1 office air handling unit system, 1 entry air handling system, 1 demonstration air handling unit, 1 UPS room air handling unit, 9 data center computer room air conditioning units, 1 loading dock ventilation system, 3 miscellaneous ventilation systems, 58 laboratory room airflow tracking controls, 310 air terminal units, steam entrance header, 2 heating hot water converters, reheat and preheat pump and distribution system, chilled water entrance header, 2 process cooling water fluid coolers, 4 process cooling water pumps and distribution system, animal monitoring system for 52 vivarium rooms.