SSOE assembled a team specializing in cleanroom design and construction to engineer, design, and support construction of multiple basebuild systems including a cleanroom installation at a facility in Boise, Idaho. The client, a semiconductor and memory manufacturer, relied on our expertise to provide support for the projects under a fast-track schedule, while managing multiple onsite subcontractors as SSOE converted the building into a cleanroom facility.
After meeting with the client and performing an exhaustive investigation of the site, SSOE provided preliminary engineering and scope development services for the facility. The existing structure required a thorough structural analysis to ensure that it could support future equipment installations, which we provided under a tight deadline.
The structural scope included an exhaust stack support, utility racks, a bulk gas tank, and the cleanroom ceiling. Our process team created numerous systems including ultrapure and hot ultrapure water, solvent waste, chemical delivery systems, and bulk and specialty gasses. SSOE designed the cleanroom HVAC system for clean production space, and modified the existing HVAC system for the support areas.
In collaboration with the client, SSOE constructed the house VAC and OFA systems to meet the requirements of the upgraded facility as well as modifying the air handlers to change capacity as needed. The coordination of the bulk tank and chilled water systems required constant cross-discipline communication and careful schedule management. The utilities for tools and building services, and controls were also included in our scope. Understanding the client’s needs, we laid out the facility for future tool installations, and took care to include as much of the existing system as possible, while offering cost-effective recommendations for modifications and upgrades based on future need.
SSOE integrated the client’s existing project documentation procedures with our own, which allowed for swift responses to critical questions and submittals. As a result of the success of this project, the client has awarded us subsequent work, and we have built a profitable, ongoing partnership.