A central part of AGC Biologics’ work is specialized testing of cell-based research and production of insulin, growth hormones, haemophilia treatment and other medicinal products. These wares are in high demand, so AGC found themselves in need of more work space. This meant a complete rethinking of space management across the four stories and basement of the company’s main offices in Søborg, Denmark.
The puzzle involved among other elements the construction of new restrooms and an entirely new canteen. By establishing these, it was then possible to refurbish previous kitchen and canteen facilities for medicinal production – a total of nearly 1.000 square meters.
While some functionalities were set in place, others were moved or repurposed. To avoid major disturbances to the client’s daily work, LBP Engineering orchestrated a thorough survey of the building – and an equally thorough user involvement process.
“Data is vital in a project like this. To have the right input, to know user expectations and wants in full detail. The trick is to mark out the field, to pose the right questions, and essentially be both agile and curious about user processes and needs,” explains LBP project manager, Morten G. Hansen.
Some key findings from the data survey and our interaction with the client were the need to establish a new and larger emergency power generator and to expand hot water treatment equipment. The user survey also proved indispensable to LBP’s installation of eight new and rather large tanks, central to AGC’s production processes.