McKesson Wedgewood

Project Location: Frederick, MD

Date Completed: August 2003

Owner: McKesson BioServices

Architect: Morgan Gick McBeath & Associates

Square Feet: 33,600


The Wedgewood Repository is a 33,600 square foot biological material storage facility. It occupies a portion of a multiple tenant warehouse building. McKesson BioServices operates the Repository to provide secure storage for biological materials used in medical research. The design/build project required new gas and electric services, improved security, life safety, and utility back-up due to the scientific significance of the items being stored. The storage environments include room temperature wax media, a walk in refrigerator at +4°C, two story walk-in freezers at -20°C, over 300 industrial freezers at -80°C, and 34 liquid Nitrogen vessels at -160°C. A small office area in the front of the space is provided for administrative and meeting functions. The variety of storage environments and the heat rejection from the large number of freezers created unusual mechanical requirements. Twelve new roof top units were installed to provide ventilation. Special duct configurations were designed to keep cold air flowing over the freezers. Thereby dispersing heat from the condensers and minimizing heat loss to the space, while maintaining a comfortable working temperature for the staff. A new four thousand ampere electrical service was brought into the space. Two 250 kW diesel generators were relocated from another facility and two new natural gas fired 250 kW generators were installed to provide one hundred percent back-up for all lighting, power and HVAC circuits. Termination boxes were installed on the building exterior with manual transfer switches to allow the connection of portable generators in case of failure of any of the main units.

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