Design-Build Highlight: Lab Renovations at Caltech

April 30th, 2015 |

Design-Build Highlight: Lab Renovations at Caltech


Since 2013, P2S has been working to create numerous world-class laboratory spaces at California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Through design-build partnerships, we’ve designed a vivarium and other research laboratory spaces in several of the school’s numerous dedicated lab buildings. According to P2S project manager Michael Garabedian, close communication and a proactive design approach have been key to providing value on every design-build project.

Laboratories themselves share a number of unique design challenges, Garabedian explains, including strict ventilation and temperature requirements, contaminant control, and even cleanroom functions. Because of the complexity of those systems, close collaboration with all design partners is essential.

“Relationships are incredibly important on design-build projects,” Garabedian says. “The communication between the design and construction team members assists in providing the owner with reliable solutions on tight schedules.”

Because P2S has served as a prime consultant on numerous major design projects, we bring a solid understanding of the entire construction process to every design-build team we join. Our engineers provide extra effort to plan and coordinate from project kick-off throughout the design and construction processes in order to eliminate surprises that could cause project delays. We also keep long-lead items in mind – selecting and ordering equipment early, for instance, to ensure that it arrives in time for tight project schedules.

“For engineers in the design-build space, there’s a lot more work on the front end, and the satisfaction comes in seeing projects completed even sooner than we would in a design-bid-build environment,” Garabedian says. “And when working with such inspiring spaces like the labs at Caltech, that’s always a bonus.”

P2S has completed an extensive number of design-build projects in a variety of industries. For more information on our services, contact

7 laboratories
23,000 total SF

Total Construction Budget
$12.5 million