VP of US Operations, Michael O’Rourke Comment: “We are extremely proud to have been part of this project and to support research at this facility. From the outset, the project teams focus was solely on supporting researchers and giving them the best possible facility to carry out their life saving and life changing studies. Research undertaken at St Jude in Memphis saves children’s lives around the world. To play a small part in supporting such a facility fills all at Dortek with great pride.”
“The Advanced Research Center will play a substantial role in new scientific discoveries as the new home to several shared resources, including a biorepository, advanced microscopy and gene editing. There, top scientists from around the world will have leading-edge resources and opportunities to pursue breakthroughs in a space that fosters teamwork and generates new ideas.”
LSP Note: LSP are the leading supplier of clean construction materials for laboratory facilities in the US. Dortek and LSP have worked in partnership since 2016 and continue to support the biomedical research industry.
From the outset, Dortek worked alongside the project team to identify key areas that would require specialist molded fiberglass doors. This collaboration allowed the team to use specific design details that Dortek have developed over its time working in world class medical research facilities. Some of these details included: Extended frame backstop – this protects the back edge of a door from heavy rolling loads when opened at 90 degree angle. Dortek’s integral blind system – Inta Vista. This blind incorporates both the blackout function and red tint film needed in behavioral research areas.
These details, along with university specific hardware and design considerations were incorporated into a strong project specification. Dortek worked with Power Construction to coordinate submittals, delivery scheduling, installation and commissioning through a seamless process.
Dortek supplied 147 Molded FRP door sets along with 5 glass sliding doors for this project. FRP fire doors were required in some circumstances, Dortek’s UL 10C rated fire doors allowed the designers to keep aesthetic consistency throughout each area using rated and non rated doors. Stainless Steel frames were utilized on this project as this facility type is known to have heavy racks and carts moving along corridors at regular intervals. The use of stainless frames offers more design flexibility durability over extended periods of time.
Pfizer required hygienic doors for a new pharmaceutical laboratory as part of an expansion at their Sanford site.
Dortek supplied 55 FRP doors across laboratory areas, testing rooms, corridors and exit escapes. Our doors were fitted with specialist plant on frames to suit cleanroom wall panels and with American hardware to match existing doors within the facility. Doors in testing rooms were also supplied with interlocking systems for access control. Dortek doors were specified due to their longevity and ultra-clean, non-porous finish.