Client: Food and Drug Administration (HHS)
As a direct result of Project 216's execution of previous Facility Support tasks at the FDA, we were contacted to participate in solutions to a major FDA White Oak facility issue that for a few years had impacted experimentation in research laboratories. The labs were victims of repeated power failures that would cause the cessation of vital experiments and make experimental results unusable. In some cases, the power failures would cause months of data collection to be discarded, necessitating the restarting of research.
Project 216 was invited into FDA for discussions based on our reputation as a solutions provider in Facility Support Services. Our senior project management team, working in collaboration with FDA and GSA Electrical and Facility Engineers, Sr. Project Managers, and Laboratory Scientists, was selected to execute the solution of provisioning and installing Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) systems. The first of these systems was a new 60,000 watt unit, weighing approximately 2 tons, including all of its accompanying switch, metering and breaker panels.
Project 216 was the facility support contractor providing the management and general contracting services necessary to provide what was the first of what is to be a series of UPSs installed in several buildings. Project 216 evaluated and teamed with leader in the field for additional implementation expertise. As prime contractor and management company, Project 216 successfully executed the first UPS system on-time and within budget to the accolades and kudos of FDA engineers and scientific laboratory managers who can now continue their research without fear of power outages.