Abbott Laboratories COVID Test-Kit Manufacturing Facility

Abbott Laboratories COVID Test-Kit Manufacturing Facility

In March 2020, as COVID-19 grew into a pandemic, Abbott Laboratories called on SMRT to partner to expand its IDNow Line. The SMRT design team was on-site at the Abbott Scarborough campus, working with Ewing Cole to design additional facilities with specialized controlled environments, labs, and research and development space. SMRT worked alongside Landry/French Construction, providing on-site construction administration services.

Because of SMRT’s responsiveness and talent, Abbott asked SMRT to complete the impossible – converting an empty warehouse into a BinaxNow (Rapid Antigen Test) facility within 90 days to begin producing a COVID-19 test kit. The result was a fully renovated and reconstructed warehouse with major infrastructure improvements, including electrical and gas service and 100% redundant emergency generation. SMRT was instrumental in obtaining all required permits for this essential facility. Working alongside Landry/French Construction, SMRT designed the facility and its specialized controlled environments and labs while simultaneously under construction. This project has been likened to “designing and building a plane while flying it,” and SMRT’s talent made it possible to complete the project successfully.

Client
Abbott Laboratories
Location
Westbrook, ME
Square Feet
126,072
Completion Date
2021
SMRT’s relationship with Abbott Laboratories is ongoing, with several new projects and additional work at the Westbrook and Scarborough sites.
Gloved hands hold a dropper of solution for a COVID-19 test kit.
Kevin French of Landry/French Construction and Craig Piper of SMRT with the Landry/French team members photographed for MaineBiz.
Kevin French, executive vice president at Landry/French Construction, left, and Craig Piper, principal at SMRT, with architects from SMRT and Landry/French Construction team members in an assembly room that is under construction at Abbott Laboratories in Westbrook, ME on July 14, 2020.