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Owners, contractors, and specialty trades have trusted Touchplan’s collaborative planning platform and detailed analytics dashboards to safely build more than 350 life sciences facilities on time and within budget.

The demand for new construction of science and healthcare technology (labs, testing, development, production) facilities remains high worldwide. The emergence of global diseases, the need for technologically advanced research and testing facilities, and the collaboration between academics and industry are some factors driving the demand for new life sciences construction.

Planning for the next generation of treatments, vaccines and healthcare technology

Navigating the intricacies of life sciences construction demands precision, efficiency, and rigorous regulatory compliance. It also involves managing the installation of advanced infrastructure systems for the building.

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Challenges life sciences construction projects face include:

  • Complexity of Systems Integration: Life sciences facilities often require integrating highly specialized systems such as HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning), plumbing, electrical, and laboratory-specific equipment. Coordinating the installation of these systems can be highly complex, with multiple trades working in tandem. 
  • Regulatory Compliance and Documentation: Life sciences facilities are subject to strict regulatory requirements and documentation standards, such as Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) regulations. Ensuring compliance with these regulations throughout the construction process requires meticulous planning and documentation.
  • Changes and Iterations in Design: Life sciences projects often involve a high degree of design iteration and refinement, particularly in response to evolving research and development needs. Managing changes to the design while minimizing disruption to the construction schedule can be challenging.

The Standard for Life Sciences Construction

Touchplan’s patented construction planning platform enables standardized operating procedures for how teams plan, allowing faster project rollout and a shorter user learning curve. The top-to-bottom alignment of all construction data in Touchplan improves the overall operations of an organization’s science and technology construction portfolio.

Completing a $215 million, high-tech, 170,000 SF CMO facility on an accelerated schedule required a detailed work process using the Last Planner System®. Touchplan is the platform that allows us to digitally track our work through the Last Planner System® and provides us with analytics dashboards to utilize our information better. Touchplan is the table for us to gather around as a group for a productive discussion about the work.

- Assistant Project Manager - Integrated Project Services, LLC.

Touchplan allows Life Sciences construction teams to:

  • Facilitate the scheduling and coordination of system integration tasks by visually representing the project timeline. This allows project managers to identify potential clashes and optimize workflow to ensure seamless integration.
  • Providing a centralized platform for managing project documentation, tracking compliance tasks, and generating reports to demonstrate adherence to regulatory standards.
  • Enables real-time collaboration and communication among project stakeholders, facilitating the rapid incorporation of design changes into the construction plan. By maintaining an up-to-date schedule that reflects the latest design revisions, Touchplan helps ensure that construction activities align with project requirements and timelines.
  • Create top-to-bottom alignment of project data for visibility into trends, KPIs, and roadblock analytics across all life sciences projects.

Read how the Touchplan collaborative planning platform reduces risk and keeps an accelerated construction pace to deliver a 170,000 SF Contract Manufacturing Organization (CMO) facility for IPS-Integrated Project Services, LLC.

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