The former Sure-Tech Laboratory facility was located in separate buildings in Indianapolis. At these locations, Sure-Tech received more than a million samples annually from all over the United States to provide analysis of soil, forage, feed & ingredients, water, and manure, as well as testing of minerals, plant food, and raw materials. Due to increased interest in advanced farming techniques and the corresponding increase in the volume of samples for analysis, a new facility combining the operations of both current buildings was constructed on the west side of Indianapolis. This new facility improved the efficiency of sample processing, enabled space for future growth, and provided a more comfortable environment for workers. Applied provided the MEP services for the new facility in a design-build arrangement with a local contractor.
Mechanically, the building was separated into three functional areas – administration, laboratory, and in-processing – each having its own variable volume air handler, pressure control, and humidification and dehumidification control. The laboratory was furnished with a laboratory airflow control system complete with redundant laboratory grade variable volume exhaust fans. Each laboratory room was equipped with both supply air and exhaust air control valves to maintain negative offset control. In the in-process area, the mechanical system was designed to accommodate the use of a dust collection system and a materials (soil and small rocks) handling system. Other MEP features of the building include an RO water system that served the laboratory with point of use DI water polishers. The RO water system also serves as the water source for gas fired clean steam humidifiers at the air handlers. The waste system includes an acid waste interceptor and monitoring system. Electrically, the building is served by an emergency generator.