Army Research Laboratory Infrastructure and Safety Services
Spectra Tech provided administrative, technical and management support for the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) to provide infrastructure and safety services (ISS). Specifically, the Spectra Tech team performed the following services:
- Infrastructure modifications
- Relocation, consolidation or fit-up
- Maintenance and repair of equipment
- Monitoring of facility and equipment programs
- Safety surveys
- Implementation of safety findings
These services were performed at the following locations:
Adelphi Laboratory Center (ALC), Adelphi, MD
Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), MD
Army Research Office (ARO), Research Triangle Park, NC
Vehicle Technology Directorate (VTD) at NASA Langley – Hampton VA, NASA Glenn – Cleveland, OH
White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), NM
The Spectra Tech team provided architectural and engineering services, including interior design services, structural walls, electrical and plumbing services, general doors, carpet, door modifications and grounds. This also included converting administrative space into classified areas or laboratories, conversion of laboratory space into administrative areas, and renovations to current areas, or modifications of grounds.
Relocation, Consolidation or Fit-Up
These services included the expansion and modification of existing building systems (structure, utilities, communications, etc.) and other facets of each facility. Spectra Tech provided storage, rigging and shipping services to support the movement of equipment; modification of equipment and/or integration of that equipment within facilities; start up and restart of new equipment and support items that required disconnecting, rigging, packing, transporting, fitting up, reinstalling, hooking up, calibrating, disposing, cleaning up and restoring the space from which the equipment was disconnected and moved.
Maintenance and Repair of Equipment
The Spectra Tech team maintained scientific and support equipment, including installed building equipment. Spectra Tech provided all general electrical, plumbing and carpentry services, and high-end orbital welding in cleanroom environments.
Monitoring of Facility and Equipment Programs
Spectra Tech provided management support to assist ARL in managing daily activities related to infrastructure support.
The Spectra Tech team applied current governmental and industrial safety codes to ensure ARL always provides a safe workplace for its employees, contractors and guests.
Implementation of Safety Findings
Based on Spectra Tech’s safety survey findings, the team might relocate items blocking fire suppression equipment or electrical circuit breakers, provide alternate electrical services or assure proper egress spacing. In all cases, Spectra Tech provided clean up and disposal services for all affected areas, including replacing ceiling tiles, patching walls, capping ductwork and all other general facility work reparations. Spectra Tech also ensured that the area was free of debris, dirt, etc., and that all equipment was environmentally cleaned and certified.
As a part of this contract, the Spectra Tech team developed and submitted a Safety Program Plan (SPP), which describes procedures for preventing accidents. The major area this SPP encompasses is Fire Safety, and Spectra Tech also provided all applicable personal protective equipment.
The Spectra Tech team relocated approximately 12 workstations and their contents to various work areas throughout Building 4600. This relocation included system furniture, safes, computers and associated equipment. Once the areas to be renovated were unoccupied, the team proceeded with the demolition of the areas in the SOW.
During the construction process, The Spectra Tech team also provided some customized features, such as trenching for A/V equipment, furniture purchase and installation, as well as the design, purchase and installation of a high-density file system.
Once renovations were complete and ARL had signed off, relocation into the newly renovated spaces involved more than 15 people and their associated belongings, including but not limited to: computers with printers and multiple monitors, large amounts of files, classified materials in safes and personal items. The relocation was complicated and required a great deal of coordination to minimize the amount of downtime for the end-users. Telephones and data for the computers involved multiple people and organizations to ensure seamless transfers. Multiple project specific challenges were overcome through clear and concise communications to all parties involved or affected and the entire relocation was completed with all phones, audio/video and computers operational at the end of one ten-hour day.