Oliver / Hatcher Construction built a new clean room for Materialise in Plymouth, Michigan. The new state-of-the-art facility provides ample space for 3D printing technology equipment used to create medical devices for various industries. Design and construction for a clean room are specialized in order to provide a pure and sanitized space for printing devices.
Materialise is an ISO 7 clean room that provides air cleanliness levels of a maximum of 10,000 particles (≥0.5µm) per cubic foot and a minimum of 60 air changes per hour.
The new clean room includes locked side-by-side fire-rated wall panels, anodized aluminum frame doors, chemically resisted floors, and a high-efficiency air filtration HVAC system.
Previously, OHC completed design-build construction of the office while the building was occupied. Special attention and careful procedures were followed while working in close vicinity of vibration to sensitive equipment.
“Starting up our Medical Metal 3D printing facility in Materialise USA was not an easy task, especially not with my remote role from Belgium. We knew from the early start that selecting the right general contractor was key in delivering this project successfully on time. From the moment OHC stepped in with the weekly meetings, I really felt comfortable in the way the project was managed. It’s a pleasure for a customer that you really listened to our requests and did everything possible to meet our timeline which was the most critical parameter for this project. Despite several severe setbacks we were able together to do the right things and install back-up solutions to not jeopardize the overall Materialise timeline. In the end, after all our Materialise validations, we only had two weeks delay on this big project, which is really perceived as a big achievement. The core values on your website, love what you do, do what’s right every time, and relationship driven, shine through everything you do, and it indicates that it’s not just a marketing phrase.
Special thanks to the whole OHC team and subcontractors for keeping up with the challenging timeline. I think the whole team performed very well and Materialise is a happy customer once again.”
– Ken Boumans, Technical Production Manager, Materialise