BioFire Manufacturing

The BioFire manufacturing facility is the first of at least four buildings and a parking structure to be built on 60 acres at BioFire’s west campus. The program for the 300,000 sf building consists mainly of clean manufacturing to produce their FilmArray infectious disease diagnostic test kits. The clean space has a large Biochem lab with seven fume hoods used to prepare some of the chemicals required for their diagnostic kit. The building also has approximately 40,000 sf of office area outside the clean manufacturing space and a cafeteria designed to serve 1,400 meals per day. Four truck bays serve a receiving dock and four bays on the opposite end of the building for shipping. Design work began in February 2018. Construction started on the core and shell bid package in August of the same year. Okland Construction reached substantial completion in April of 2020.

The main entrance for the building provides access to the office areas outside the clean space, and one of the cafeteria spaces. Two additional entrances were required through gown-in suites to access the clean manufacturing spaces. Each of the gowning areas has its own industrial laundry facilities. There is a 16-foot wide material handling corridor that runs down the length of the 700-foot long building.

This campus’s design language is taken from BioFire’s headquarters building in Research Park that was completed in 2016. It utilizes insulated concrete tilt-up panels, local Utah sandstone in a 6” x 60” module, and a dramatic 30 foot cantilevered metal panel soffit denoting the main entrance and framing the second-level. The tilt panels were poured with a form liner cast from a hand-carved form created by an artist in France. The main lobby features a sculptural wood stair and a custom-designed lighting feature consisting of 250 individual LED point sources, each individually located in three-dimensions.

The manufacturing floor is covered with approximately five acres of epoxy flooring. Every circuit in the building is on emergency power, backed up by four each two-megawatt emergency generators, two of which are entirely redundant. The generator belly tanks connect to a fueling station with 25,000 gallons that provides fuel for all four generators and fuels BioFire’s fleet vehicles. Solar PV canopies cover 412 parking stalls with a capacity to produce 1.3 megawatts of electricity, roughly enough electricity to power 128 homes.