Science & Technology Qualifications

AlfaTech is a consulting engineering firm offering a range of complementary services and expertise in multiple markets. Our services include: Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Design, Technology, Architectural Lighting Design, Commissioning and Energy Solutions, as well as Sustainability.

Science & Technology

ALFATECH LOCATIONS San Jose, California – HQ | San Francisco, California | Monrovia, California | Orange, California | San Diego, California



IFM Group joins VelaTech Holding EDG2 joins VelaTech Holding


Verity Commercial joins VelaTech Holding AlfaTech Asia joins VelaTech Holding



Vela Tech Holding, Inc. established

AlfaTech acquired S&K Engineering of Monrovia and LFA Lighting of Ventura. 2020

AlfaTech was established in Silicon Valley in 1987 as a mechanical, electrical, and technology (low voltage, security, and A/V) design engineering firm. Responding to client needs, we expanded our service offerings to include architectural lighting design, sustainability, Smart Building, and project management services. In addition, we expanded into five California offices, including San Jose (Silicon Valley), San Francisco, Monrovia, Orange and San Diego. AlfaTech is gaining ground through organic, merger, and acquisition growth. Establishing Vela Tech portfolio with parent company RSBG, our services reach the West Coast to the Midwest and the East Coast from partner offices in Seattle, Chicago, Reston, and Edison. We also have an international presence with offices throughout Europe, Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East. AlfaTech has a solid reputation forged by a corporate commitment to enduring client relationships and service excellence. We provide complete design, design-assist, and design/build project delivery services. Our project experience includes core and shell, tenant improvements, upgrades, repositioning, and restacks. Each AlfaTech project aims to achieve maximum energy performance, resource conservation, and pollution reduction, resulting in the highest energy savings and sustainability at all design phases while creating a balance of preservation, constructability, schedule, and budget. Given the dynamic nature of what we do, our AlfaTech teams are active listeners, and together with their focus on client and partner relations, are true team players.


AlfaTech partners with RAG Stiftung adding strength of 65+ offices throughout Europe, Asia, Middle East, and Africa.

Celebrates 30 Years Success! 2017


2006 - 2017

AlfaTech expands Regionally Expands San Francisco Office Opens LA Office Opens San Diego Office AlfaTech Expands Services Architectural Lighting Design Sustainability / LEED and Energy Solutions


AT-PD founded


Named one of the Top 100 Largest Private Companies in San Francisco.


Named one of the Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies in Silicon Valley.

Merges with S&H and MPL. Opens San Francisco office 1996


Jeff Fini, PE, founds AlfaTech MEP & Technology Design in Silicon Valley

LOCATIONS ALFATECH is part of Vela Tech Holding portfolio of companies


AT-PD San Francisco, California Monrovia, California Orange, California San Diego, California VERITY COMMERCIAL Seattle,Washington ALFATECH USA San Jose, California San Francisco, California Chicago, Illinois Reston, Virginia Edison, NewJersey EDG2 Bethesda, Maryland Phoenix, Arizona IFM GROUP San Ramon, California San Diego, California

ALFATECH ASIA Singapore Tokyo, Japan Shanghai, China

Australia Malaysia


EUROPE Vienna, Austria Kornberg, Austria Saint-Cannat, France Berlin, Germany

ASIA Dhaka, Bangladesh Tangail, Bangladesh Jakarta, Indonesia Amravati, India Chengalpattu, India Dehradun, India Gandhinagar, India Gujarat, India Mumbai, India New Delhi, India Pune, India Ratnagiri, India Solapur, India Tamil Nadu, India

Bitterfeld, Germany Bochum, Germany Darmstadt, Germany Dresden, Germany Dusseldorf, Germany Eisenhüttenstadt, Germany Erfurt, Germany Essen, Germany Frankfurt am Main, Germany Freiburg, Germany Greifswald, Germany Großostheim, Germany Hamburg, Germany Karlsruhe, Germany Kassel, Germany Köln, Germany Kronberg im Taunus, Germany

Yavatmal, India Lao PDR, Laos Makati City, Philippines Singapore Bangkok, Thailand Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Leipzig, Germany Mainz, Germany Mannheim, Germany Munich, Germany

AMERICAS Toronto, Canada Bogotá, Colombia Bosque de chapultepec, Mexico Lima, Peru

Nuremberg, Germany Regensburg, Germany Ribnitz-Damgarten, Germany


Rostock, Germany Stralsund, Germany Stuttgart, Germany Wiesbaden, Germany Wirges, Germany Würzburg, Germany Athens, Greece Milan, Italy Podgorica, Montenegro Belgrade, Serbia Birmingham, UK Bishop‘s Stortford, UK Bristol, UK Chamberlain, UK Croydon, UK Exeter, UK Leamington Spa, UK Leeds, UK London, UK Luton, UK Manchester, UK Mold, UK Nottingham, UK Stockport, UK Sunderland, UK Wakefield, UK Warwickshire, UK

Al Ain, UAE Dubai, UAE

Madinat Zayed, UAE Ras Al Khaimah, UAE Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Al-Zahra City, Gaza Strip Amman, Jordan Baghdad, Iraq Doha, Qatar Istanbul, Turkey Kuwait Sharq, Kuwait Muscat, Oman

AFRICA Algier, Algeria Alexandria, Egypt

Assiut, Egypt Cairo, Egypt Giza, Egypt Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Tunis, Tunisia

Kampala, Uganda Khartoum, Sudan


ENGINEERING STUDIO We provide the most advanced, professional engineering services that ensure buildings thrive. We partner with clients to turn their visions into a tangible reality. As one of the leading MEP consultants in the Western U.S., AlfaTech strives to improve the life of hundreds of thousands of Americans every day through the buildings we design. Coining the expression “Innovation & Excellence,” we provide the most advanced, professional engineering services that ensure buildings thrive. We partner with clients to turn their visions into a tangible reality.. To us, conscious design elements are indispensable in meeting the escalating expectations emerging within vibrant and diverse typologies. We believe the highest-efficiency buildings transpire from mirroring the sustainable features inherent to the world around us. Propelling cutting-edge solutions requires a thoughtful design that can interact with the physical environment. Elements like smart buildings, reduced reheat, and synergies before waste initiate perpetual savings. Eager to do our part, we pride ourselves on designing state-of-the-art facilities that reach unprecedented levels of integration. We think that sustainable design is more than just a phrase. It is a perspective. We are committed to rock-solid partnerships with our clients by delivering on our promise always to excel.














ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING DESIGN Lighting and Lighting Controls Lighting Calculations Customized ROI Calculations Sustainable Lighting Design Energy Savings Analysis Custom Lighting Fixtures Custom Lighting Fixtures Design

COMMISSIONING & ENERGY SOLUTIONS Early Quantifiable Energy Study Incentives Energy Star® Assessments Retro-commissioning (RCx) Monitoring Brand Continuous Commissioning (MBCCx) ASHRAE Level 1, 2 and 3 Energy Audits Measurement and Verification (M&V) of installed projects Energy Modeling Net Zero Energy Budgeting HVAC/Chilled Water Plant Optimization SUSTAINABILITY Sustainability Planning (Organizational and Infrastructural) LEED / Green Building Consulting Masterplanning Life Cycle Cost Assessment Occupant Wellness and Comfort Façade Engineering CFD / Wind Studies Wind Studies Thermal Stratification Studies Energy Concept Studies

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING DESIGN Power Systems Emergency & Standby Power Lighting and Lighting Controls Security Systems 24 / 7 Power Systems (UPS) Power Monitoring Systems Toxic Gas Monitoring Graphic Control and Alarm Panels Grounding and Bonding Industrial Hygiene Systems Low Tolerance Temp Control Title 24 Analysis and Design Heat Recovery Systems Central Utility Plants Air Handlers HVAC System Controls PLC Programming Fire Protection and Plumbing MECHANICAL ENGINEERING DESIGN HVAC Heating Systems Water and Gas Cooling Systems / Chilled Water Dehumidification Systems Contamination Sensitive Areas


Low Voltage Design Audio Visual Design

Security Systems Design Architectural Acoustics Wireless Design & Modeling

Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) Integrated Building Management Systems BMS Network Integration Telco Facilities and Services Voice Systems and Applications Relocation & Data Center Migration Services Strategic Planning and Analysis Project Management Management Consulting

Energy Management Energy Conservation Fire Alarm Systems Public Address Systems Plug Loads Control


Solutions for Science & Tech Facilities AlfaTech offers a full range of professional engineering services from concept creation to commissioning and validation, including feasibility studies, condition assessments, planning, design, program management and construction period services. Our experienced professionals are experts in cGMP and GLP compliance and understand the difficult decisions Science & Technology facility owners make every day when choosing between economy and function. Our team has the experience and capabilities to address projects throughout our clients’ facilities from labs to manufacturing or corporate office and campus infrastructure. We have the capacity, experience and business structure that allows us to support a wide range of projects from the small consulting scope to ground-up campus projects.

This combination of resources and skills provides a strong value proposition, predicated on innovative solutions and disciplined cost, quality and schedule management.

Our Services

Process Engineering

Lab Planning and Design

Master Planning

Mechanical Engineering

Electrical Engineering

LV, AV and Security Design

Facility Condition Assessment

Site Selection


FDA and EU Compliance Consulting

Commissioning and Energy Solutions

LABORATORIES Clinical QC BSL 1, 2 and 3 Flexible Labs

GENERAL BUILDING / CAMPUS SYSTEMS AND SPACES Site Electrical Distribution Backup Generation UPS HVAC Lighting and Lighting Controls BMS/EMS Central Plants Tank Farms and Utility Yards

PROCESS AND BUILDING UTILITY SYSTEMS WFI CIP and SIP Clean Steam Process Chilled Water RO/DI CDA Specialty Gases Lab Gases Solvent Systems Central Plants PLANT AND CLEAN AIR SYSTEMS Scrubbers Clean Rooms Explosion Relief HEPA Filtration Room Pressure Profiles and Cascade Exhaust Hoods and Dust Collection

PERMITTING AND REGULATORY COMPLIANCE FDA Inspection Readiness Support Air Permitting Support Code Analysis and Building Code Occupancy Issues Building Permit Administration and Support


FACILITIES Pilot Plants Clean Rooms Commercial Manufacturing Process Batching and Campaigning Areas Blending and Mixing Rooms Fill and Finish Wash Room Packaging and Labeling Isolation Technology Containment Facilities Gowning Rooms Production Equipment Specification Production Equipment Utility Hookup Warehouse and Material Handling


Truck Docks Warehouse Data Centers Corporate Office

Solids Removal Systems Waste Treatment Process Design Recycling Systems Heavy Metals Removal and Neutralization Reverse Osmosis and Ultra Filtration Biohazard Treatment and Detoxification

Electrical Distribution (480V to Low Voltage Systems) Technology Systems (Communication, AV, Security, WIFI)

Process Engineering Expertise

People & Material Flow

Process Development

Clean-in-Place (CIP)

Process Flow Diagrams

Equipment Specification

Process Simulation

Material Balances

Process Utility Design

Batch & Continuous Processing

Sterilization-in-Place (SIP)

Failure Mode and Effect Analysis

Piping & Instrumentation Diagrams

Long-lead time equipment procurement specification

Process Scale-up


Confidential Biotechnology Research Company

Redwood City and San Diego, CA


Tenant Improvement, New Ground-Up 450,000 SF

This confidential biotechnology research company’s goal is to develop life extension therapies that can halt or reverse the h uman aging process.

Redwood City, CA AlfaTech is providing mechanical, electrical, plumbing, process and fire protection engineering design services to the confidential client's corporate headquarters in Redwood City, CA. The headquarters will be comprised of 3 buildings of office conversion to lab/office, totaling 150,000 SF and one expansion building at 50,000 SF. Lab spaces for all buildings are mostly biology laboratories with some chemistry and one building will house a vivarium. The lab to office ratio will be 50/50, with some additional corporate office and meeting areas. San Diego, CA AlfaTech is providing mechanical, electrical, plumbing, process and fire protection engineering design services to the confidential client's campus in San Diego, CA. The 2 new ground-up buildings total 300,000 SF and are mostly lab spaces for chemistry and biology. The lab to office ratio will be 50/50 for most of the buildings. AlfaTech is also designing the campus central plant and the client’s vivarium

Freenome, 3000 & 3300 Marina

Brisbane, CA


Tenant Improvement 335,439

Freenome is a biotechnology company with a comprehensive multiomics platform for cancer detection using a routine blood draw. AlfaTech is providing mechanical, electrical, process and plumbing engineering design and technology services for the relocation of their headquarters at 3000 and 3300 Marina Blvd in Brisbane, CA. The 335,439 Science & Technology and R&D campus has two buildings, one being 197,959 SF and the other being 137,480 SF. The buildings occupy 8 floors and are divided into 50% office and 50% R&D lab area.

Confidential Client, Dairy-based Food Technology Pilot Plant

Sacramento, CA


Tenant Improvement 23,500 SF

AlfaTech is serving as the prime design consultant providing comprehensive Design Team Project Management, Process, Architectural, Structural, Mechanical, Process Piping & Plumbing, Electrical, Automation, Technology, FDA Regulatory consulting, EH&S, and Fire Protection services for this 23,500 SF dairy-based food technology Pilot Plant and R&D Facility. The Client is scaling up their small-scale process into a Pilot Plant & R&D Facility. They are leasing a single-level facility shell space within a warehouse for conversion into the PR&D facility. The spaces is approximately 23,500 SF, of which about 17,000 SF will be lab areas and the remainder office. The Pilot Plant houses BioProcessing equipment and supporting Clean Utilities including Purified Water, Clean Steam, CIP/COP. An exterior yard will be built to house the genset, wastewater treatment, chilled water plant, heating hot water plant, steam plant, bulk purified water, and future liquid oxygen tank. AlfaTech is working with the Client to develop appropriate food grade spaces with future cGMP requirements under consideration.

*Confidential Client, Textured Vegetable & Fiber Spin Pilot Labs

Redwood City, CA


Tenant Improvement

This confidential client is on a mission to be the future of sustainable food by giving people options to reduce their carbon footprint by consuming their plant-based meat products. This project retrofitted an existing building into labs for textured vegetable protein extrusion processing line and fiber spin aqueous based process line. Multiple process equipment vendors were evaluated for viability of the clients changing processing needs throughout the duration of the process. Provided MEP design for the cGMP equivalent labs designed to food grade standards. New systems included food grade air handling, solvent bunker, dust collection system, food grade steam, RO water, process cooling water, compressed air, CIP/COP, wastewater treatment, building service system and lighting.

* Completed by AlfaTech principal during previous employment

Beyond Meat Headquarters

El Segundo, CA


Tenant Improvement 250,000 SF

AlfaTech is providing mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection and process piping engineering design services for the relocation to the new headquarters for Beyond Meat into a 2-story building. Project includes complete demolition of the interior and will consist of a 143,000 SF R&D, Lab Space, Test Kitchens and Refrigerated Storage and 107,000 SF office space in a phased construction. Project included the design of the “house” high pressure steam system (100 PSIG), including steam boilers, a deaerator/boiler feedwater system, a blowdown tank, a flash tank, chemical treatment, steam system controls, a steam distribution system (including expansion joints), steam trapping, condensate distribution, condensate pumps, condensate coolers, etc. Also included was a “clean - steam” generator and a clean -steam distribution system.

Niagara Bottling, LLC

Diamond Bar, CA


Tenant Improvements 382,000 SF

Niagara Bottling, LLC is a family-owned manufacturer of bottled water and soft drinks based in Ontario, California. They produce private label bottled water for a number of companies including Wal-Mart and Costco. As of 2017 Niagara was the largest supplier of private label bottled water in America. Niagara looked towards creating a unique experience for their staff at their new Corporate Headquarters Campus. The scope of work comprised of a core and shell renovation and simultaneous TI of Bldg. 1 (182,000SF), R&D and QA Lab in Bldg. 2 (20,000 SF), site improvements (80,000 SF), 500kW Campus E-Power System and lighting, power and EV charging renovations to a (176,000 SF) parking structure. The Lab comprised of Analytical Rooms, Micro Rooms, Q/A Lab, Sample Storage Rooms, Cold Storage Rooms, R&D Lab and office space. The main office building included a full-service staff cafeteria with waste composting system, Executive Offices, Private offices, Tasting Lounge/Kitchen, Conference rooms, Open Office Space, 3 Story main reception lobby, flex spaces, games rooms, (6) IDF rooms and a Main Server/MDF room.

30401 Agoura Rd - Science & Technology Conversion Project

Agoura Hills, CA


Tenant Improvement

The existing building is an existing two-story stand-alone building located at 30401 Agoura Rd, Agoura Hills, CA. AlfaTech provided MEP and process engineering services for the demise of (4) respective Science & Technology spec suites. The space was a 50/50 ratio between lab and office space within each suite. Systems included electrical power distribution, lighting, High Air change rate HVAC systems/ DOAS systems, Acid waste, Waste/Vent and Hot/Cold water systems, Lab exhaust systems and BMS Controls design.

CPC Scientific, Peptide Manufacturing Facility

Rocklin, CA


Tenant Improvement 41,000 SF

AlfaTech provided the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and process design for this cGMP manufacturing facility. The facility hosted synthesis and purification cleanroom suites, quality lab, solvent distribution/waste systems, clean utilities, black utilities, and supporting MEP infrastructure. CPC Scientific Inc. is a leading global peptide CRDMO (Contract Research, Development, and Manufacturing Organization). The building is utilized to manufacture clinical to commercial grade peptide products for increased manufacturing capacity and will diversify CPC Scientific’s supply chain.

Confidential cGMP Peptides Manufacturing Facility

Rocklin, CA


Tenant Improvement 40,000 SF

AlfaTech provided mechanical, electrical, process and plumbing engineering basis of design development services for the conversion of an 40,000 SF office building into a cGMP peptides manufacturing facility. The facility will host synthesis and purification cleanroom suites, quality lab, solvent distribution/waste systems, clean utilities, black utilities, and supporting MEP infrastructure.

AbbVie (Abbott Biotherapeutics)

Redwood City, CA


New Construction, Tenant Improvement 400,000 SF

AlfaTech was selected as a turnkey firm to design and build Abbott's 400,000 SF new headquarters campus. The facility now houses an Abbott spinoff company called AbbVie. This project includes a 4,000 SF raised floor data center, tenant improvement of offices, along with laboratory facilities, and vivarium (animal care facility). A pilot plant (cell culture and purification) was built on the first floor along with new laboratory facilities, offices, and service yard. AlfaTech was fully responsibly for programming, design and construction of this state-of-the-art campus for which the budget and schedule was guaranteed as a part of our highly successful single-source project delivery method.

Terasaki Research Group

West Los Angeles, CA

Tenant Improvement


AlfaTech is providing engineering design services for this project requiring an extensive renovation/transformation of an existing veterinary facility to create a new Vivarium suite within an animal research facility. The project included autoclave cage vivarium cage washers, bio-safety cabinets, procedure rooms, animal handling areas, Rheometer. The facility was designed in accordance with the AAALAC. guidelines. The existing electrical generator and vacuum systems within the veterinary clinic were repurposed and modified as necessary to suit. New HVAC equipment was added to isolate specific areas of the building and increase air change rates within the space. The existing surgery rooms were renovated to procedure rooms. The existing labs were renovated and re-purposed to match the programmatic requirements of the new tenant.

Buck Institute Stem Cell Research Lab

Novato, CA


Tenant Improvement 60,000 SF

AlfaTech provided project management, as well as mechanical and electrical engineering services for this project. Systems include the addition of a ground coupled geothermal system, which provides heating and cooling to the new addition and the existing 60,000 SF lab facility. Geothermal ground water at 61 degrees will be used to condition lab fume hood make up air, freeing up 300 tons of cooling from the existing central plant. The additional chilled water tonnage will be used for the new addition. The new geothermal system will provide all cooling & heating for the existing & new 60,000 SF lab building, and “no additional tonnage” will be required for the existing central plant. The geothermal system will also save 7,500.000 gallons of water a year from being evaporated via the existing (now decommissioned) cooling towers.

Gilead Sciences

Foster City, CA


Tenant Improvement 500,000 SF

AlfaTech provided MEP and telecommunications design for Gilead’s campus consisting of 16 buildings including administrative a nd private offices, pharmaceutical development processing suites, pilot plants and cGMP therapeutic manufacturing / production areas. The firm also provided MEP engineering design services for Gilead’s 35,000 SF pilot plant on the Foster City campus as part o f a previous project.

New Systems include: • Process Vacuum System • Nitrogen System • Process Compressed Air System • Cooling System • Dust Collection System

• Emergency Power System • Distribution System • Class II Hazardous Locations (Granulation and Drying, Milling and Blending, Tablet Coating, Tablet Compression, Weigh Room)

• Air Shower System • USP Water System • RO/DI Water System • Domestic Water System • N2 Gas System • Process Waste System • Building Service System

• Exhaust System • System Controls


South San Francisco, CA


New Construction, Design-Build 100,000 SF

AlfaTech provided a new $1.1 million, 2-story facility for animal research labs and support areas. The mechanical design features double-duct, double-fan, constant volume mixing boxes with HEPA filtration. In addition, the firm provided full facility design services for Genentech’s Vacaville campus under a Master Services Agreement. This work encompasses office space, laboratory and cGMP manufacturing.


South San Francisco, CA


Tenant Improvement

Small Portfolio Program ($10 mm and less construction value). Supported Genentech’s Small Project Portfolio program for the pharmaceutical research and manufacturing company’s South San Francisco Campus. Provided Architecture and Engineering planning, design and construction support for a wide variety of facility projects including research labs, GMP cold room upgrades, building condition assessment and upgrades, waste stream compliance and utility systems. Utility systems include electrical infrastructure, steam, compressed air, exhaust, fire suppression, domestic water, sanitary sewer, chilled water and plant gases.

* Completed by AlfaTech principal during previous employment

Genencor* Palo Alto, CA


Tenant Improvement 77,500 SF

This lab expansion project was an expansion of the food-grade fermentation, large scale recovery, small scale recovery, and granulation lab suites/processes. The 20,000 SF expansion included two new 2,000L fermentation vessels and associate holding tanks, four new 1,500L recovery vessels, an entirely new 14L small scale recovery suite with Millipore, Buchner, and Microfiltration processing, and spray dryer process addition to Granulation Suite/Process. Provided complete mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and process piping design including coordination with process equipment vendors. Collaboration with scientists to develop custom Millipore Bench and Buchner walk-in hoods with special consideration for enzyme aerosol mitigation. Process and utility piping design to support the new process vessels and equipment including Steam & Condensate, Compressed Dry Air, Hot and Cold Glycol, Heating Hot Water, DI Water, Industrial Cold & Hot Water, Process Vacuum, and Contained Drains.

* Completed by AlfaTech principal during previous employment


Various Bay Area Sites


Tenant Improvement 1,000,000+ SF

AlfaTech and AlfaTech team members have provided design services for various Bay Area sites listed above.

Projects: Vacaville cGMP Facilities: • Original Manufacturing Building • Aqueous Tablet Coater • Fluid Bed Dryer • High Shear Granulation • Pharmaceutical Processing Area • Tablet Coating Process • Methylene Chloride Distribution

Mountain View Facilities: • Buildings M2 & M3 Biocenter • M1 Pilot Plant & Research Center

Palo Alto Facility: • Buildings M8 & M9 • Underground Tanks

Jazz Pharmaceuticals

Palo Alto, CA


Tenant Improvement 98,000 SF

AlfaTech provided the mechanical, plumbing, fire protection and electrical engineering design for this project which consisted of tenant improvements of this two-story R&D building in Stanford Research Park. Programming featured multiple breakrooms, private and open offices, conference rooms, IDF/MDF rooms and a high-end multitenant lobby. Additionally, project includes a 2,000 SF multi-purpose room with a motorized skyfold partition and high-tech video array wall.

Completed: February 2019

QuVa Pharma

Sugar Land, TX


Tenant Improvement 50,000 SF

QuVa Pharma, Inc. is a nationally recognized company emerging as the leading industry 503B platform and partner of choice for compliance-oriented healthcare facilities looking to ensure a quality, safe and consistent supply of medications. The Company offers a broad portfolio of products across Pain Management, Anti-infective, OR Syringes, Labor and Delivery therapeutic areas amongst others, all of which are released only once sterility and potency testing is successfully complete, and with validation supporting appropriate BUD. The project entailed design of a 50,000 SF storage and distribution warehouse expansion within their existing Sugarland location for compound ingredients. Our scope of engineering services included lighting, power distribution and HVAC.

Amgen, Buildings 31 And 42

Thousand Oaks, CA


Tenant Improvement Building 31, 10,000 SF; Building 42, 15,000 SF

Amgen is a global biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures and markets cost-effective human therapeutics based on advances in cellular and molecular biology. A large-scale dispensing suite was added to Building 31 and Building 42 was a new cGMP raw material receiving facility. On Building 31, AlfaTech provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing, support utility design, specifications, and specialized equipment sourcing for construction of cGMP raw material dispensing suites within an existing warehouse and distribution facility. Building 42 was programmed and designed for cGMP raw material receiving and support for Building 23, a clinical trial manufacturing facility. Process engineering design included liquid caustic solution receiving, storage and transfer systems, and fresh and waste glycerol streams storage and transfer systems.

Gilead Sciences

Foster City, CA


Tenant Improvement 500,000 SF

AlfaTech provided MEP and telecommunications design for Gilead’s campus consisting of 16 buildings including administrative a nd private offices, pharmaceutical development processing suites, pilot plants and cGMP therapeutic manufacturing / production areas. The firm also provided MEP engineering design services for Gilead’s 35,000 SF pilot plant on the Foster City campus as part o f a previous project.

New Systems include: • Process Vacuum System • Nitrogen System • Process Compressed Air System • Cooling System • Dust Collection System

• Emergency Power System • Distribution System • Class II Hazardous Locations (Granulation and Drying, Milling and Blending, Tablet Coating, Tablet Compression, Weigh Room)

• Air Shower System • USP Water System • RO/DI Water System • Domestic Water System • N2 Gas System • Process Waste System • Building Service System

• Exhaust System • System Controls

BioMarin Pharmaceutical

Novato, CA


Management Oversite 20,000 SF

AlfaTech’s services included management oversight of facilities operations for the manufacturing plant during facility validation. Scope included management of standard operating procedures, spare parts, training of new systems, turnover of systems and facility from contractor to BioMarin and plant engineering services.

Longfellow Real Estate Partners

San Francisco, CA


Due Diligence, High-Rise 750,000 SF

The firm provided pre-acquisition due diligence for this 12-story, Class A 750,000 SF building at 1800 Owens which to determine the MEP scope of work to return the building to Life Science lab use.

Longfellow Real Estate Partners

San Mateo, CA


Due Diligence 240,000 SF

AlfaTech provided initial pre-acquisition due diligence for two buildings, 120,000 SF each, in San Mateo to determine the MEP scope of work to return the building to Science & Technology lab use.

AlfaTech is also providing the MEP design-build engineering services for conversion of the office buildings to Science & Technology lab use.

Confidential Science & Technology Campus Repositioning

Los Angeles, CA


Tenant Improvement 180,000 SF

AlfaTech provided MEP engineering design services for this project with scope encompassing the conversion of 4 office buildings, totaling over 180,000 SF, into Science & Technology incubator labs, office space and cGMP space.

SC Johnson Lifestyle Brands

San Francisco, CA


Tenant Improvement 45,030 SF

AlfaTech provided the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire production engineering design for the tenant improvements to the 4th floor (45,030 SF) at 631 Howard. Programing included conversion from office space to Science & Technology lab space including a new formulation lab, packaging lab, and fragrance lab as well as plumbing for an Objet WaterJet and anchoring for 3D printers and other equipment. AlfaTech also provided Value Engineering recommendations for the project.

The Jackson Laboratory West

West Sacramento, CA


Tenant Improvement 91,000 SF

AlfaTech provided MEP design services for interior improvements to an existing tilt-up concrete warehouse, as well as an expansion into an existing facility. The new use of this space includes West Coast regional offices, animal vivarium, wash/sterilization facilities, various research laboratories, animal shipping/staging/support spaces, mechanical yard, and parking.

Intuitive Surgical, 120 San Lucar Court

Sunnyvale, CA


Tenant Improvement 46,000 SF

AlfaTech provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering design services for the tenant improvements to this single store building totaling 40,000 SF with additional 6,000 SF office wing. Building was modified to accommodate office, and process support equipment to support the machine shop and 3D printing departments in an exterior utility yard. Scope included design of HVAC and building management systems (controls), process utility systems consisting of CDA and chilled water, electrical distribution for power and lighting, and prescriptive-method Title 24 mechanical & lighting compliance calculations and forms.

Soka University Of America

Aliso Viejo, CA


New Construction 200,000 SF

LEED Gold anticipated

AlfaTech provided mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering design services for this university campus expansion project for Soka University. The 4-story, 91,370 SF Marie and Pierre Curie Hall (STEM building) features 19 labs, three classrooms, 26 faculty and administrative offices, 11 conference rooms and a 100-seat auditorium alongside open collaborative spaces and student workstations throughout the facility. Core lab facilities, including an aquatics lab, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), accommodate advanced research and help recruit new faculty. The building’s instructional lab modules allow for interactive teaching and hands-on learning in this open, flexible, interactive and sustainable building to support the new life sciences concentration for undergraduate students interested in biology, biomedical research, biotechnology, public health and medicine (pre-med).

This project was designed to accommodate a LEED Gold Building Certification.

Stanford University, Clark Center

Stanford, CA


Peer Review, New Construction 245,000 SF

The 3-story, James H. Clark Center for Biomedical Engineering and Science is strategically located at the heart of Stanford's Palo Alto campus. The Clark Center houses the Bio-X programme and fosters an unprecedented degree of collaboration among scientists from different disciplines to meet some of the most pressing scientific and medical challenges. The project consisted of three wings of laboratories that frame an open courtyard overlooked by balconies and includes a full-scale kitchen and server with 200-seat dining area, a 150-seat auditorium, and classrooms. This facility is open and flexible with laboratory layouts that can be reconfigured at will. The research space houses more than 450 scientists, technicians and faculty in biology, biochemical, biophysical, biocomputational, bioengineering, and bio neurology disciplines. The firm was responsible for the design of the HVAC, fume exhaust, building automation, and peer review of the plumbing/process piping systems.

UCLA Terasaki Life Sciences Building*

Los Angeles, CA


New Building 175,000 SF

LEED Silver

Terasaki Life Sciences Building features two wings with laboratories, offices, scholarly activity space, and building support spaces on five floors plus a basement vivarium. The 175,000 SF structure is supported by a cast-in-place concrete frame with flat-slab floor decks. This building, is the new home of the Biological Sciences Department. A stated goal of the UCLA Terasaki Life Sciences Building Detailed Project Program is to “provide flexible facilities that anticipate changing future needs.” To help meet thi s goal, the building was designed with large, open laboratory spaces to allow multiple scientists to work in shared laboratories, uninterrupted by doors or walls. Each rectangular wing houses an efficient pattern of laboratory, support and office space of five above ground levels. The building’s concrete frame eliminates 10 ft in height, as compared to the common structural steel alternative and provides inherent vibration control.

The vivarium on the lower level includes holding rooms for rodents, birds, fish and other small animal species.

* Completed by AlfaTech principal during previous employment

University of San Francisco, Center for Science and Innovation

San Francisco, CA


New Construction 61,610 SF


For the University of San Francisco, this 61,610 SF, five-level John Lo Schiavo, S.J. Situated in the center of campus it is a focus of student life and the primarily underground building design allowed for multi-level outdoor classrooms. Center for Science and Innovation, near the middle of the campus off Masonic Avenue. This building houses 17 wet and dry teaching/computational labs, classrooms, support spaces and offices and serves more than 6,000 students required to take one science and math course during their undergraduate time at USF. The building is the first constructed to meet LEED Gold standards at USF and features floor-to-ceiling windows, smart technology that opens and closes windows automatically for temperature, a 28,000-gallon cistern tank to collect rainwater for reuse, and indigenous Northern California landscaping.

Antelope Valley College, Health & Science Center

Lancaster, CA


New Construction 106,000 SF

This project consists of a new science laboratory and office complex of 106,000 SF located in Lancaster, California. The project includes 44,706 SF of laboratory and classroom space to support the biology, botany, microbiology, anatomy, physiology, physics, chemistry, astronomy, geology, anthropology, and geography departments. Another 21,000 SF devoted to Health Sciences programs including nursing, emergency medical services, surgical, cardiovascular and radiologic technology. Special features of the building include an 80-seat planetarium, Live Animal Room, Cadaver Room, a surgery demonstration lab and outdoor botany greenhouse. The remainder of the building includes 10,000 SF of classroom space, faculty offices, computer lab and a café/dining area. The building has a very unique shape and a very large footprint. It is also in the relatively harsh high desert area of Southern California which presents HVAC design issues among others. Due to the nature of chemicals involved in the laboratories, and high desert winds, a sophisticated wind tunnel test was performed to assure proper exhaust air location and treatment.

Compton Community College, Allied Health Building

Compton, CA


Tenant Improvement 20,350 SF

The firm provided mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering services for the state-of-the-art Allied Health Building at Compton College which houses the Nursing and Child Development programs. The building simulated a modern hospital environment and features hi-tech classrooms, one lecture hall, one simulation lab, four health science labs, 11 faculty offices and an office for the dean of student learning, a computer lab, shared group study areas, restroom facilities, faculty and staff kitchen/lounge and a student lounge. The building also has wireless access throughout and “smart” classroom technology.

Whittier College, Science & Learning Center

Whittier, CA


Tenant Improvement 88,000 SF

This project was for complete renovation of the 1966 Stauffer Science Building at Whittier College and included seismic and accessibility upgrades, as well as new utility infrastructure and equipment. The long, raised-box form of the existing building was re-appropriated to create a more eye- catching exterior and improve the building’s relationship to the campus. Facing the campus quad, a nearly continuous glass facade is interrupted by terracotta pop-outs that serve as cross-disciplinary break out alcoves. Building consists of Labs and classrooms, all which have been reconfigured featuring at least one glass wall, revealing student endeavors. Open study spaces are located throughout the building creating spaces for students to have meaningful interactions beyond the classroom. There is a two-story lobby with a staircase in the shape of a DNA helix providing a route up to the campus proper and a fifth- floor ‘penthouse’ providing inspiring views, unique classroom environments, and dedicated terrace space for the astronomy program’s telescopes The mechanical for the project consisted of a chilled water system with hot water reheat and custom air-handling units with variable frequency drives for a variable air volume (VAV) system. In addition, VAV fume hood exhaust systems with demand response were provided for maximum energy efficiency.

California State University, Northridge, Science Buildings 3 & 4

Los Angeles, CA


Tenant Improvement 75,000 SF

The project consisted primarily of retrofit of mechanical systems for two science buildings of nearly 75,000 SF. The buildings are mostly science classrooms of which numerous classrooms had several laboratory fume hoods. The buildings were under extreme negative air pressures resulting in adverse interior conditions, issues with doors opening and closing, and posing potential hazards. CSUN believed the proper solution was going to be additional make up air handling units. Such a solution would have been costly, disruptive, and operationally expensive. S&K studied existing plans and operational characteristics, and our findings were that make up air capacity was more than adequate, but it was not being controlled or operated correctly. Further investigation determined that the existing pneumatic control systems had been seriously damaged by the 1994 Northridge earthquake. The most cost effective solution was to install a new Direct Digital Control (DDC) system. S&K designed the new DDC system, and the problems were solved. In addition to resolving the pressurization problems, the new DDC system also increased occupant comfort and realized substantial energy savings.

Oread Laboratories

Palo Alto, CA


Tenant Improvement Robotics Lab, 1,000 SF, Chemistry Lab, 10,000 SF

Oread is a contract provider of comprehensive contract drug development, clinical trial support, finished product manufacturing and packaging, and regulatory support for the pharmaceutical industry. AlfaTech provided full engineering services for a robotics dissolution laboratory and the installation of a new formulation chemistry facility with a cGMP WFI system (1,000-gallon storage capacity). Extensive fume hoods contain MRI lab system and sterilizer. AlfaTech worked closely with the client during the programming phase and to make sure that the robotics facility, which features a robotically-controlled vial-fill system, would be validatable. The firm also managed the preparation of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and process designs to meet city permit deadlines.

JRH Biosciences

Woodland, CA


Tenant Improvement 30,000 SF

This facility produces media for cell metabolism studies and growth kinetics. It is also used for the research, development and manufacture of proprietary client products.

Process piping included a WFI system with a high temperature (85 ° C) and ambient (25 ° C) loop and all necessary controls; a clean steam and plant system complete with boiler feed water pump system and blow down cooler; R.O. piping loop and system; process cooling water system with fluid cooler and chilled water heat exchanger; and process gases.

Confidential Client, Covid19 Testing Lab (BSL2)

Sunnyvale, CA


Tenant Improvement

Major e-commerce client approached AT in Mid-April 2020 to aggressively install onsite virus testing labs. Parallel development of mobile modular labs and TI / brick and mortar labs for COVID19 testing. Satellite locations throughout the US are being established for quick testing turnaround following Federal CDC guidelines for virus testing labs which are BSL-2 biosafety level. Established laboratory operations and PCR processes to help control contamination. Develop a (1) line (1,000 samples), (2) line (7,500 samples) and (4) line (estimated 20,000 samples daily). The mechanical team provided 15 ACH 100% exhaust with the DOAS and used cascade pressurization with the testing part of the lab being the most negative with pre-testing room second most negative, while pressurizing all adjoining spaces to eliminate cross contamination. IAQ Photocatalytic Virus Filters and final HEPAS on the supply air were also provided. The electrical research and coordination with lab owner in development of lab tool matrix, In depth analysis of existing electrical service, metering of existing loads, in order to determine the best power source for new lab and its associated HVAC equipment. Also reviewed the backup power requirements and sizing UPS and generator requirements. Plumbing provided required eye wash system and fixtures with auto faucets. The Team worked closely with Owner, Contractor, Vendors & City Planning to achieve TCO for pilot lab in 14 days (design and construction).


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