Highlights

  • New tablet coater with air handling unit, dust collector, and blower
  • Auxiliary equipment installation
  • New deionized water room to relocate existing equipment
  • Construction management and fast-track scheduling
Southeast USA

SSOE documented nearly $3 million in savings by reworking construction timelines to eliminate unnecessary shutdowns, reusing existing equipment, and developing alternate layouts to reduce space requirements and cost.

In an effort to double its current coated tablet production capacity, a leading nutraceutical manufacturer requested SSOE provide architectural, engineering, and construction management services to increase its production area by approximately 3,500 SF. SSOE led the design for simultaneous operation of two separate tablet coating processes, which included the installation of tablet coating equipment and utilities, an air handling unit with dust collector and blower, conveyor systems, bulk unloading system, and relocation of the deionized water system. To allow for the capacity increase, SSOE designed expansions to the manufacturing area by utilizing available floor space for a new tablet coating room with auxiliary rooms for cleaning. Our structural team calculated and designed requirements to maintain structural integrity to support the new equipment.

SSOE’s structural, process / utilities, mechanical, and electrical disciplines provided a wide range of engineering services for process design and equipment layout. Our project management team provided project budget development and installation schedule and oversaw contractor bid reviews and vendor drawing reviews. We also provided construction management services to reduce the cost of hiring a general contractor and matched hours to the project schedule requirements.

Our project team came through in the clutch by quickly adjusting to a “crash schedule” due to delayed project approval, and completed all installations by the established project completion date. In an effort to remain on schedule throughout the project duration, SSOE’s on-site construction management personnel worked weekends, holidays, and extended work week hours to make this project a success.