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Does Your Building Qualify for a Life Sciences Conversion?

5/20/21

This report was provided by real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield

Interest in converting existing real estate assets to life sciences use is growing amongst building owners in many markets. Cushman & Wakefield’s Project & Development Services team has developed basic building performance criteria based on the minimum standards that life science companies typically require. Below is a list of criteria.


ZONING/PLANNING/OCCUPANCY
There is a clear path to providing Group B Occupancy.

VERTICAL CIRCULATION (MULTI-FLOOR BUILDINGS)
There is a segregated elevator for labsupplies/activity or there is a way to install one.

FLOOR-TO-FLOOR CLEARANCE (MULTI-FLOOR BUILDINGS)
13’0”+ clearance desired - anything less is limiting.

STRUCTURAL
There should be live load capacity at 100 psf+. The roof will likely need additional load capacity for mechanical equipment typical for Life Science. As-built/current vibration design criteria should be known.

HVAC/PLUMBING
A design path to dedicated lab AHUs/100% OA units.
A design path to dedicated exhaust (1 cfm/sf - min).
Design path to supporting utility shafts for HVAC and utilities, likely upgrade/addition to base building capacity.

ELECTRICAL
Service up to 8.0 watts/sf for intended lab area sf.
Emergency Generator capacity or service yard to install - for lab hoods & critical lab equipment plug load.
Capacity/consideration for data/low voltage for lab controls, data collection, enhanced BMS.




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