Medical Devices

  • Planning and Structuring Large Capital Projects


    Large capital projects commonly share four key characteristics: high front-end capital intensity, long lead times, dependence upon specialized technology, and large unit size--indicators of the ‘lumpiness' and inflexibility of such projects. Projects exhibiting such characteristics tend to face governance challenges arising from unusual contracting arrangements or closed processes of decision-making. Examples of such projects include many high-profile endeavors--often called "mega projects--such as the Channel Tunnel, and offshore oil exploration and production in the North Sea. Based on extensive research over the past 15 years, Dr. Audley Genus, senior lecturer in Technology Policy and Strategy at the University of Newcastle on Tyne Business School, diagnoses these characteristic, but sometimes poorly understood, challenges and offers guidance on how to avoid the problems and costs they can cause.

  • Ford Motor Company Initiates Era of Sustainable Manufacturing


    Ford Motor Company, of Detroit, recently opened the doors on a $2-billion brownfield renovation of its historic Rouge manufacturing facility in Dearborn, Mich. The landmark project signifies a new era of environmentally sustainable manufacturing for Ford. In addition to housing the world's most advanced automated truck production plant, the renovated site also features unique green design elements including the world's largest living roof, the nation's first Gold LEED™-rated building under the new LEED certification criteria, and a certified wildlife habitat.

  • University of Louisville Creates Gheens Foundation Biosensor Research Center


    The University of Louisville is developing the Gheens Foundation Biosensor Reseach Center in Louisville.

  • Axygen Relocates to Union City


    Axygen Scientific , a manufacturer of laboratory materials, is relocating its corporate headquarters to a new $9.9-million custom built facility in Union City, Calif. The facility at the new site, previously the home of Crown Cork & Seal Co., was demolished and rebuilt.

  • Mallinckrodt Expands With Move to Webster Groves


    Mallinckrodt, a St. Louis-based manufacturer of medical products, is expanding with a relocation of its pharmaceutical R&D laboratory to Webster Groves, Mo. Renovation of the 65,000-sf facility is expected to reach completion is spring of 2005.

  • West Pharmaceutical Services Opens Kinston Facility


    Lionville, Pa.-based West Pharmaceutical Services opened its new state-of-the-art molding manufacturing plant in Kinston, N.C., in late August of 2004. Sited on 25 acres, the facility provides over 100,000 sf of industrial space for the production of medical device components.

  • Managing Large Projects


    What can an organization do to improve the management of a research facility project? Where is the most logical starting point for design? How can the planning team hone in on the fault lines most apt to generate delays, extra work, and cost overruns?

  • Designing Generic Research Labs at Yale Medical School


    With just four basic components, a carefully crafted space planning model has allowed Yale University's School of Medicine (YSM) to lay out generic labs to accommodate almost 700 scientists in the new $177-million, 445,000-sf Anlyan Center for Medical Research and Education.

  • MIT's Stata Center Provides Neighborhoods for Interdisciplinary Research


    The new Stata Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) may help redefine the ways in which researchers relate to each other and to the spaces they inhabit. Drawing on successful functional concepts from other buildings on the MIT campus, while taking a new approach to organizing those functions, the new Center aims to encourage vertical movement and a sense of neighborhood for researchers long accustomed to remaining more or less ensconced in one wing of one floor.

  • Sterigenics Completes Santa Teresa Expansion


    Medical device sterilization provider Sterigenics completed the 35,000-sf expansion of its Santa Teresa, N.M., facility in January 2004. Kere Inc. of El Paso, Texas, was the contractor for the four-month project, which takes the plant up to 105,000 sf.