Legacy to double lab capacity with new building
A new central lab building for Legacy Laboratory Services is moving from paper drawings to the start of construction. Groundbreaking for the new building was July 11.
The new two-story building will rise adjacent to the building that Legacy Laboratory Services currently shares with Legacy Research Institute at 1225 N.E. 2nd Ave. When completed in fall 2014, the 62,000-square-foot building will double Legacy’s lab space to meet the needs of Legacy’s growing lab business, and streamline operations.
Site preparation will start in August, with construction beginning in late fall.
The groundbreaking culminates intensive efforts over the past year, according to Don Toussaint, vice president of Legacy Laboratory Services. He said, "Countless hours of planning meetings involving architects, surveyors, engineers, consultants, city planners, equipment suppliers and furniture vendors were needed to get this project shovel-ready."
The new facility’s designs will allow Legacy Laboratory Services to operate at maximum efficiency and capacity. Specifically, Legacy Central Laboratory will double the amount of space the lab currently has, creating two floors of dedicated lab space. Consolidating locations into one central facility will optimize lab services by increasing workflow efficiencies and decreasing the amount of transport time for specimens, people, supplies and equipment.
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