Roche Molecular Systems, a division of Hoffmann-La Roche, draws on more
than 130 US patents specific to Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) technology
at this New Jersey facility. Currently the largest PCR manufacturing site
in the world, this $155 million center was built to produce industry-leading
products based on Nobel-prize winning technology.
At this facility, Roche manufactures more than 300 different PCR kits for
the research, diagnostic and blood screening markets. These kits can diagnose
infectious agents – such as HIV, hepatitis and West Nile Virus –
at an earlier stage by detection of minute quantities of their genetic
material. Roche’s technology also allows the close monitoring and
analyzing of disease progression and their responses to pharmaceutical drugs.
Binsky & Snyder’s main role in the construction of this 285,000
sq ft facility was in the fabrication and installation of the central
utility plant, HVAC systems and mechanical piping. Extensive lengths of
clean steam vacuum and inert gas pipes were also required for this project
to support the high-purity process systems.
Each of the Class 1000 cleanrooms, production testing laboratories and
service areas have extensive mechanical work within that was completed
- Over 80,000 ft of HVAC piping
- 23,000 ft of high-purity process piping
- 4,800 orbital joints
- 17 air handler units
- Multiple HVAC chillers and two low-temperature process chillers
- Installation of an energy-efficient central utility plant extensive