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A Building Boom for Labs

Wall Street Journal (Internet / Print) 12/28/05 http://online.wsj.com/article/SB113573817372832710.html?mod=health_hs_research_science "There's nothing else that we've ever seen that even comes close," says Mike Simpson, project executive for Houston-based Vaughn Construction, which built the BSL-4 lab at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and is currently constructing the university's second one. The public concern and the demanding requirements of these facilities put pressure on project managers to educate their crews and subcontractors, says Jeffrey Schramm, vice president for the Providence, R.I.-based Gilbane. Vaughn Construction, which won the contract to build a $167 million lab at UTMB-Galveston, practiced building walls offsite to make sure it had the right concrete mix.



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