Clean Room

Intermountain Healthcare - Kem C. Gardner Supply Chain Center and Ancillary Services

The Supply Chain Organization, the acquisition and distribution arm within Intermountain Healthcare, developed the design concept of consolidating their efforts from multiple locations at 25 hospitals and 26 clinics around the state of Utah and southern Idaho into a single facility capable of distributing to each and saving valuable space within the hospitals and clinics. The architecture of a centralized facility also achieves purchasing power to buy directly from manufacturers, as well as to standardize clean room materials and equipment and insure quality control. By establishing the design for a centralized distribution center, the support offices for administering the organization were constructed within adjacent two story building, as well as the Logistics Division to coordinate the receipt and delivery of materials and equipment to the various facilities. The architecture of the spaces is designed for collaboration between sourcing personnel, Ancillary Services, Clean Rooms and Administration. Centralizing the design for all these operations provides opportunities for various Divisions to observe one another, communicate efficiently, and to visually understand processes in the supply chain organization through observation and cross training.

In addition, further operational savings are realized by incorporating Divisions to oversee maintenance of equipment, distribution and updating computer systems, printing various documents utilized by the healthcare system, and incorporating a Pharmacy to process (compound and fill orders) to the hospitals and clinics. The architecture of the Pharmacy portion of the work required a higher level of security, clean room controls, and opportunities to display the robotic processes used for fulfilling orders. These design functions compose the Ancillary Services which support and coordinate with the Warehouse functions and Courier Services.

The site was developed in a brownfield area, recovering land that was previously contaminated with smelting processes. The site is 24 four acres, 4.5 acres which are reserved for future development. Minimal irrigation was achieved through baseline controls and minimal lawn area. Trucking areas are located facing the Jordan River Parkway, so that the architecture of the building integrates with the design intent of the business park in which it is located. Security fencing surrounds the Shipping / Receiving / Courier activities. A translucent canopy announces the main entry to this facility.

The architecture of the warehouse area contains 152,000 square feet with 30 foot clear height and incorporates windows to the adjacent Office/ Ancillary functions (corridors) and the Wellness Center. The architecture of the Office rooms and Ancillary Areas consist of 155,000 square feet over two floors with expansion space master planned for the Warehouse and Ancillary functions.


Precision Vascular Systems, Salt Lake City, Utah

Clean Room environments were developed in order to meet the standards for producing a specialized surgically invasive product on wire to penetrate the human circulation system. The manufacture of microscopic medical tools required large, ultra-clean spaces and transitional spaces with air systems to support a level 10,000 clean room environments. Balancing the clean room air system was critical to meeting certification requirements. The clean room architecture of the floor designs and wall surfaces were prepared with low-maintenance products without environmental impact. Joints of surfaces and gas, air, power, and specialized water systems were arranged for ready access and future flexibility. Due to the marketing requirements for this industry, a visitor observation area was created to allow potential customers and investors to view the unique processes of manufacturing this product.

Corporate colors were integrated into the finishes and utilize as part of the interior architecture designs in flooring and signs.