"Something I get asked all the time is “what are the actual benefits of using a portable plug-and-play controlled environment or laboratory in favour of a more traditional design-and-construct civil project?"," says Holger Plange, Business Development Manager at MineARC Systems.
Knowing the costs upfront
According to Holger, while at first glance, a civil constructed laboratory will offer a better cost per square meter rate, the expense of alterations or building variations are rarely considered at the time of quoting and often have a significant impact on the final figure. Legislative requirements, as well as architectural & engineering consultancy fees bring added layers of complexity and cost to any civil project.
While the off-site manufacturing process does have fees associated with engineering design Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT) and other testing procedural documents, these costs are spread out and absorbed by multiple projects in any given year.
With research organisations becoming increasingly reliant on grants and industry levies to fund both the research component and any infrastructure or equipment, accountability to budgets and the need to demonstrate value for money is paramount.
A prefabricated skid and structural insulated panel construction can be made to any size or dimension using Biora’s unique modular design. The reconfigurable nature allows you to seal rooms independently, allowing the scalability of any controlled environment needs.
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