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Commercial Water Loss at Biotech Lab Space in Waltham, MA

4/11/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO box truck parked at loading bay of large building SERVPRO is faster to any size disaster

Our office was called to respond to a commercial water loss in Waltham, MA on a Friday afternoon. The cause of loss was an accidental discharge of a sprinkler head. This job required coordination between multiple large corporations which we managed seamlessly to accommodate all needs and to produce effective and rapid results, to establish a safe environment (with engineered controls as needed - HEPA filtered air filtration devices), and to allow all zones to be operational so the businesses were not interrupted. Including the high-tech state-of-the-art biochemical laboratory. 

We managed the procurement and application of supplemental power due via a 100 kW portable generator, 400 AMP feeder panel, and 8 power distribution boxes, to the limited power available as a result of shutdowns made by our customers electrician.  Shutdowns were sparked by concerns of water intrusion into outlets. 

We managed drying in two zones. The Second Floor Zone equated to 16,233.21 Square Feet and the Lower Level Zone of 2876.72 Square Feet.

Equipment was provided by, installed by, and monitored by SERVPRO.  Equipment was installed based on the scientific calculations outlined in the ANSI/IICRC S500 Standard. 

We installed:

  • 124 Axial Air Movers (Fans)
  • 40 Dehumidifiers
  • 8 Air filtration devices (HEPA filtered)
  • 2 4-optic Hydroxyl Generators 
  • 8 Power distribution boxes
  • 1 400 AMP feeder panel

We applied learned and certified tactics to facilitate a dry-in-place procedure in order to eliminate the need for demolition and saving 10's of thousands in carpet replacement, drywall replacement, and repainting.  Another huge benefit of drying in place to avoid this demolition is that operational downtime is significantly reduced from potentially multiple weeks down to 3-4 days.  This effectively reduces the loss of profit for the clients. 

This building houses a world-famous and highly reputable biotech company which is ranked as the third-largest biotech firm globally.  Their research focuses on finding cures to rare diseases, rare blood disorders, and has groundbreaking research on neurology, immunology, and oncology. Their work is fundamental to creating a better, safer, healthier world for today, tomorrow, and all the future to come.  Any time out of operation is extremely harmful to their operational goals and needs. Those needs are in discovering ways to cure mankind.  In essence, they are working to save the world and with great success. That's why having SERVPRO of Waltham is the best tool at their disposal when it comes to mitigating the loss and making it "Like it never even happened."   We save their world so they can save ours!

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