Maine Molecular Quality Controls Inc.
Maine Molecular Quality Controls, Inc. (MMQCI) was founded in 2000 as a small two-person company. Over the years, they have gained expertise in quality assurance of laboratory medicine and have become a well-respected global company. Their portfolio includes molecular controls for inherited disease testing, infectious disease detection, and oncology. MMQCI has seen steady growth in its revenue and staff, making it a prominent player in the industry.
In 2015, SMRT completed the initial greenfield corporate headquarters, which included the laboratory and controlled environment alongside ISO 13485-certified manufacturing space. This building was a significant achievement in the company’s history, paving the way for further growth and improving employee recruitment and retention.
The team used integrated design to balance design, performance, and cost, communicate the innovative business of MMQCI, and create a flexible, future-proofed design.
MMQCI and SMRT have a strong partnership built on a collective vision, which has resulted in a third major project undertaken by them. The current project, scheduled for completion in Spring 2024, involves fitting out 14,000 square feet of the second floor, built during the most recent expansion in 2018. This fit-out will provide planned workspaces and employee amenities. MMQCI understands the benefits of creating a flexible work environment that can strengthen the business while meeting the strict parameters of controlled manufacturing.
MMQCI, like all controlled environment manufacturers, is challenged by the energy-intensive requirements of cleanroom operations. The design incorporates a rooftop PV system, mitigating energy usage and decreasing their carbon footprint. Controlled environments have numerous engineering and design challenges, including strict environmental criteria to employee well-being and access to daylight. SMRT addressed these challenges by incorporating exterior windows that align with carefully placed interior windows, providing light and a connection to nature in 68% of the controlled area and 100% of the workplace. This enhances employee well-being and ensures employees have access to natural light while working.