Invitae’s first East Coast laboratory and production facility includes heavy overhead mechanical support, extensive cold storage equipment reaching temperatures of -110° F, million-dollar generators ensuring uninterruptible power supply, sweeping process corridors with high-speed roll-ups, shipping/receiving areas, open offices, conference or huddle rooms, training areas, administrative support, building core spaces, and amenities including a coffee bar, café, gym, and interior and exterior courtyards.
The facility was designed and constructed with ultimate flexibility as a guiding principle. Featuring power bus ducts installed on a modular grid layout, process and analytical equipment can easily be reconfigured to rapidly adapt to advancing science-based process and workflow changes, while also allowing for smooth future expansion efforts with speed.
By incorporating both a variable refrigerant flow HVAC system and compressed dry air (CDA) package, the design further lessens the need for infrastructure modifications as Invitae’s program naturally evolves and reconfigures over time. In addition to maximum workspace flexibility, the introduction of new vision glass and additional skylights contribute to the qualitative characteristics of the design, providing employees an energetic space that is unrecognizable as a former retail mall.