Carlsbad, CA

Thermo Fisher Scientific - Manufacturing

We installed more than 140,000 pounds of sheet metal and 10,000 feet of piping, on a tight timeline.

Sheet metal installation at a new biotech manufacturing vaccine facility

Value Delivered

University Mechanical & Engineering Contractors, Inc. (UMEC–CA) provided HVAC, plumbing, and process piping solutions to support an an extremely fast-paced pharmaceutical manufacturing buildout of an existing tilt-up office building. The facility was intended for production of a component of COVID-19 vaccines. 

We expertly managed our services to help ensure that the overall project, from design through completion, could be constructed and handed over to the owner in less than eight months.

Client Objectives

Thermo Fisher Scientific needed HVAC, plumbing, and process piping systems for a new biotech facility manufacturing COVID-19 vaccine.


UMEC–CA’s solutions included:

Sheet Metal

  • More than 120,000 pounds of galvanized steel sheet metal
  • More than 20,000 pounds of stainless steel sheet metal
  • Eight new air handling units
  • 93 constant air volume terminal units
  • 100 HEPA diffusers 
  • Two bag-in/bag-out HEPA filter housings

Mechanical Piping

  • New central plant piping
  • Steam boiler skid
  • Nearly 10,000 feet of hydronic piping 
  • Two process chillers
  • TCHW and PCHW


  • Process waste system with pH neutralization and biokill skids
  • Bulk gas distribution (oxygen/nitrogen)
  • Compressed air generation and distribution
  • Tempered water system

Client Background

Thermo Fisher Scientific is an American supplier of scientific instrumentation, reagents and consumables, and software services.