Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc.



  • Project Overview
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Branchburg, New Jersey

December 2006

240,000 net sq. ft.

Construction Management

Roche Molecular Systems, part of the Diagnostics division of Hoffmann-La Roche, selected Torcon to provide preconstruction and construction management services for a new molecular diagnostics center in Branchburg, New Jersey. This new biotech facility accommodates research, manufacturing, packaging, raw material and product staging, warehousing and supporting office space.

Roche’s new facility is designed to produce diagnostic kits based on Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) technology, new blood screening products, and Perkin Elmer research products.  RMS manufactures a variety of diagnostic kits generally consisting of 20 to 40 components in any given kit.  All the critical chemical entities (e.g., various types of oligonucleotides, polymerase enzymes) and components used during the detection stage of the diagnostic test are manufactured in this facility. Final formulation, filling and kit packaging will also be carried out here.

Virtually all in-process and final product test labs are provided in the facility.  Warehouse spaces include a large 2–8º C storage area, a smaller –20º C freezer space and ambient storage. Manufacturing suites are cGMP compliant and fully validated. These areas meet both the cGMP area classifications as well as hazard classification for type H2 and H4 construction.

The overall work in Branchburg encompassed the “grass roots” construction of a 240,000 net square foot facility, plus an adjacent central utility plant. A total of 17 air handling systems provide the air circulation, isolation and pressurization requirements for the established quality and safety standards. Process utilities, purified water, clean steam vacuum and inert gases were provided to support the process systems.

In addition to the HVAC chillers, two low temperature process chillers were installed to support a series of cold and freezer rooms as well as process systems.