• Winner of ENR Southeast’s Award of Merit
  • Entire project executed in VDC delivery method with Revit
  • cGMP production block and
    DEA vault
  • Process engineering and specifications
  • Design met cGMP and
    DEA requirements
  • Compressed schedule
  • Equipment specified, ordered, and received concurrently with design and construction
182,000 SF
Durham, North Carolina

Purdue Pharmaceuticals’ new facility includes a cGMP production block and production support areas with 60,000 SF mezzanine / interstitial space, lockers, QC / QA lab, offices, data center, full service cafeteria and kitchen, and a central plant. SSOE’s responsibility extended through all phases of this project, including site selection, programming, and master planning.

The mezzanine / interstitial space was created to provide a location for air handlers and HVAC equipment and electrical panels, and access to all equipment and associated power and lights located above production spaces. The creation of this space enabled corridors and production suites to remain uncompromised during routine / preventative maintenance.

Using a progressive Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) delivery method, SSOE provided comprehensive facility design and process engineering in a detailed, data rich 3D model that enhanced collaboration with both Purdue and the contractor. SSOE performed construction administration and provided assistance with qualification, validation, and commissioning for the project. This included 2-week look-ahead meetings, ensuring client goals were met, and providing early identification of issues that could disrupt progress. Because of the collaboration made possible by VDC, equipment was specified, ordered, and received concurrent to design and construction.

VDC also played a significant role in compressing the validation timeline. Within the 3D /BIM model, all cGMP areas with processing equipment and associated HVAC and utilities, were identified and tagged, creating a comprehensive platform for the validation technician to record checks and verifications for critical components. This model, including detailed information on equipment and building elements, was provided to the client at the conclusion of the project to serve as as-built information with the recorded commissioning and validation efforts for future reference.