Owner Representation, Construction Management, Heavy & Civil Design
The Leon Johnson 6th floor Lab Renovation at Montana State University was a $2.4 million National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded project to renovate the Thermal Biology Institute’s (TBI) research labs. The 1970s-era labs were completely updated to meet the demands of modern research technologies including the installation of new autoclaves, fume hoods, and a cold chamber room. Laboratory and corridor floors are now polyaspartic, which is very durable and slip-resistant. Chemical-resistant, fiber-reinforced plastic coats the walls adjacent to laboratory casework. The project also includes a lab designed to maximize functionality of TBI’s phototrophic bioenergy research. Proximity of the labs to Yellowstone Park’s thermal areas provides TBI researchers a unique opportunity to gather and interpret data.
NSF projects are the vision of research groups that have applied for and been awarded grants specific to their vision. The research group is therefore an integral part of the design and construction team, resulting in an extremely technical project to meet the detailed needs of the grantee.
Tate Management served as Montana State University’s Project Manager, coordinating work between the NSF research group, NSF Grant Administrators, contractor, architect/engineer, and building occupants.