Traditional laboratory design and construction projects can be costly and time-consuming, relying on multiple subcontractors and requiring intense coordination. Additionally, in many remote and resource-challenged areas or regions of the globe, the expertise to build safe and compliant biocontainment facilities is scarce. As a result, many regions lack suitable and sustainable laboratory capacity, creating a risk to local and global public health and security. A key challenge is to install labs that are feasible for any region and will remain viable for decades.
Emergency Disease Surveillance
Temporary Laboratory Space during facility down time
Laboratory Swing Space
Any application where microbiological containment laboratory space is required
Germfree’s ISO Container Laboratory Buildings fill this critical void in global public health by offering a new approach to rapidly bringing high-quality and cost-effective laboratory capacity to any region of the world. These offsite built, containment ready facilities meet the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for BSL-3 laboratories. By utilizing an ISO container platform, this fully equipped Biocontainment Laboratory can be easily deployed globally. These turnkey units are precommissioned and tested to ensure compliance upon delivery to site. Germfree facilitates all aspects of the project — delivered, installed and made operational in a truncated timeline
Germfree’s WHO BSL-3 Laboratory Buildings are designed by a team of biocontainment experts to provide the optimal safety for the handling of biologically contaminated materials. This allows the facility to be effectively utilized for manipulating samples required to be handled in a containment laboratory environment.
Interior Materials Walls and Ceiling - Seamless wall system Panels come in 40 foot lengths to minimize wall seams Corners permanently sealed with an epoxy compound specifically designed for this purpose The end result is a monolithic barrier that is durable and easily cleaned
Flooring Finished floor will be a high performance, homogenous, welded seam sheet polyurethane floor
Casework Type 304 Stainless Steel work casework Purpose built, all welded construction with adjustable shelving
Constructed for Cleanability Germfree’s mobile biocontainment laboratories are designed to be exceptionally durable. To achieve this, only the highest grade, cleanroom-compatible materials are used in the facility’s construction. The interior walls are constructed of an exclusive high performance composite that provides a seamless interior suitable for frequent wash-downs with sanitizing agents as well as gas biodecontamination. The floor is seamless vinyl, coved up the walls, and epoxy-sealed to the walls for ease-of-cleaning. All work surfaces are seamless stainless steel with casework designed for gas and vapor phase decontamination. Surfaces are coved for easy spill cleanup and sanitization. Edges are rounded and polished to avoid snagging Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Standards & Codes Germfree’s bioGO Mobile Biocontainment Laboratories meet or exceed the requirements of the CDC NIH BMBL 5th edition for BSL-2 Laboratories. Via enhancements beyond BMBL requirements, the bioGO Mobile Biocontainment Laboratory units comply with the WHO Laboratory Biosafety Manual for BSL-3 laboratories.
Project Management A dedicated project manager will oversee all aspects of your laboratory purchase from order through delivery. In so doing, it is possible to guarantee a seamless transition into your bioGO Biocontainment Laboratory.
High-Cube Shipping Container External Dimensions: 40ft (12.2m) L x 8ft (2.43m) W x 9.5ft (2.9m) H
Main Entry Area Internal Dimensions: 74” (1.88m) L x 90 7/8” (2.31m) W x 95 7/8” (2.44m) H
Anteroom Internal Dimensions: 69 7/8” (1.78m) L x 90 7/8” (2.31m) W x 95 7/8” (2.44m) H WHO BSL-3 Laboratory Internal Dimensions: 318 3/4” (8.01m) L x 90 7/8” (2.31m) W x 95 7/8” (2.44m) H
Germfree’s bioGO BSL-3 Laboratory Buildings are designed with 3 Distinct Work Zones:
Main Entry Room The Main Entry Room contains lockers for storage. The main entrance door is equipped with the proper access security for your application. The main electrical distribution panel and/or sub-panel is also located in this room.
Anteroom This room serves as an air break to the laboratory exterior and as a space for personnel to don their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The area is equipped with shelves and lockers for storing PPE. The anteroom is maintained at positive pressure relative to the Main Entry to provide an additional barrier to the air cascading into the BSL-3 laboratory. Pressure gauges at each door display room pressures, and have alarms to indicate unsafe conditions due to changes in the differential pressures between the rooms. All interior doors can be operated hands-free. Interlocks prevent both anteroom doors from being open simultaneously.
WHO BSL-3 Laboratory This WHO BSL-3 Laboratory area exceeds BMBL 5th edition laboratory facility guidelines as the room air is externally exhausted through HEPA filters. The room is equipped with Class II, Type A2 Biological Safety Cabinets to protect the product and personnel. A toploading autoclave is provided for sterilization. Ample storage space is provided by the custom casework as well as an integrated refrigerator and freezer. All casework is stainless steel with seamless welds, coved corners and radiused edges and is compatible with all standard gas and vapor decontamination systems.
Efficient Workflow Equipped for the most efficient workflow, the facility is divided into designated work zones. Each zone contains the primary containment equipment required for a safe sample flow throughout the laboratory process. Additionally, engineering has strategically place stainless steel workstations, storage and supply areas, gowning benches, and staging tables. For advanced ergonomics, a sample transfer airlock, centrally located in the anteroom, allows for samples to be processed into the laboratory while maintaining robust Chain of Custody Procedures.
Germfree’s bioGO Laboratory Buildings are delivered fully-equipped and ready for on-site commissioning. The standard configuration consists of:
Main Entry Stainless steel countertops with seamless welds, coved corners and radiused edges Stainless steel casework Lockers and shoe storage
Anteroom Material pass box connecting the Anteroom and the BSL-3 Laboratory Allows the transfer of materials from the BSL-3 laboratory into the Anteroom or vice-versa while maintaining containment Interlocked doors assure that the airlock is never open on both sides simultaneously Shelves / Lockers for storing PPE WHO BSL-3 Laboratory Two (2) Class II Type A Biosafety Cabinets Model BBF-4SSRX Outer cabinet and work surface are welded stainless steel with a #4 pharmaceutical grade finish Front lifting viewing panel is easily removed and is gasketed to provide a proper seal when in place Ergonomic front panel of the biological safety cabinet is concave permitting operator to lean into work area, enhancing user comfort High capacity motor/blower system with speed control to extend the life of the HEPA filter Supply and exhaust HEPA filters are parallel to work area and each other to prevent turbulence Removable stainless steel work tray and tray supports facilitate easy clean up of the biological safety cabinet Separate lighted power ON/OFF indicator switches for blower and lighting Electrical inside Laboratory: 115V, 60Hz or 220V, 50 or 60Hz Ten foot power cord with molded grounded plug Constructed to allow for optional outside venting of exhaust air from the biosafety cabinet Custom casework provides ample storage space Stainless steel hand washing sink Standard laboratory refrigerator Standard laboratory freezer Top-loading autoclave The preparation areas consist of stainless steel countertops with seamless welds, coved corners and radiused edges
General Intercom System Fire / Burglar System BMS – Environmental Monitoring Cameras and Monitors Digital video cameras and a digital video recorder (DVR) provide perimeter security. Interior and exterior cameras provide live local video.
CCTV system (8 cameras, DVR capable of recording 30 days of video) Data / Phone Network All data terminated into a patch panel in the command center Computer and printer provided by end user Data rack can support customer supplied switch Cables in shielded chases Telephone port will be provided in the Laboratory Command Center Keyless entry main door
Germfree’s bioGO® Laboratory Buildings offer a new approach to rapidly bringing high-quality and cost-effective laboratory capacity to any region of the world. These offsite built, containment ready facilities meet the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for BSL-3 laboratories. Germfree labs contain spacious interiors that are engineered to provide an ergonomic and effective work environment. By utilizing an ISO container platform, this fully equipped Biocontainment Laboratory can be deployed globally. These turnkey units are precommissioned and tested to ensure compliance upon delivery to site. Germfree facilitates all aspects of the project — delivered, installed and made operational in a truncated timeline.
Mechanical Specifications A heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system is installed in the bioGO facility. The HVAC system is engineered to maintain a comfortable working temperature and humidity, and provides an inward flow of air into the WHO BSL-3 laboratory. The mechanical ventilation also prevents recirculation to spaces outside of the laboratory.
Electrical Specifications Connections for utility power and/or auxiliary generator inputs are provided via transfer switch. Diesel electric generator packages are optionally available and can be supplied by local equipment rental companies. Electrical requirements will vary be region. Germfree will configure the laboratory power to meet any international standard. bioGO® Laboratories are designed to be powered from shore power and are equipped with an automatic transfer switch for integration to locally available generators to provide redundancy in case of power outages or fluctuations.
Shore Power Requirements: 110-230V, 50/60Hz, 3Ph, 80A
Single point connection
Shore power inputs are provided
One (1) Stainless Steel Sink
Includes emergency eyewash
Compatibility for connection to a water utility tap
2.4 kW on-demand electric water pump
PEX supply and CPVC drain lines
Single Point of connection
Controls, Communications & Recording Systems
(12) Data ports are provided for network instruments, computer workstations and printers. Cables are run in shielded chases to a patch panel in the anteroom. Telephone port is provided in the Main Entry.