Equilibrium Receives Contract for Vivarium Linear Accelerator and CT Scanner Procedure Rooms
Equilibrium, a life sciences design-build firm located on campus, has been contracted to construct new vivarium procedure rooms for a government installation. The new space, which will include a clinical linear accelerator and a CT scanner, will be part of an existing AAALAC (Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care) accredited facility in Bethesda, Maryland.
This project poses numerous challenges, as it involves the decommissioning and removal of a particle accelerator, which previously occupied the space. Required work for the removal included implementing stringent environmental controls and radioactivity monitoring.
“We were chosen to perform this work due to our focus on life science facilities and experience working within complex research laboratory environments,” said Jason Rifkin, program manager on the project.
Rifkin will receive support from William Kalench and Hely Santana, who are associate project managers for Equilibrium.
“The installation of this highly specialized equipment will allow the principal investigators to perform research into the effects of various radiation therapy dosing regimens,” Rifkin said.