There is a distinct difference between a cleanroom retrofit and a renovation/upgrade. A retrofit typically means placing a cleanroom in a building that was not designed to house such a specialized environment. A renovation/upgrade means changes to existing cleanroom infrastructure, usually needed to accommodate new, more specialized process tools. In some cases, research or production needs to continue with minimum interruption.
Consider the following points to ensure a successful project:
• Carefully determine the project delivery method, and create a right-sized team with the correct skill set.
• When dealing with a limited budget and/or code concerns, be sure your team has expertise in the required codes as well as a clear understanding of the project goals, so renovation items can be prioritized correctly.
• Will your selected consultant need to be present on-site for the duration of the renovation? This is especially important for production renovations or upgrades.
Remember, your wish list will always be longer than the facility and budget can accommodate. Smart compromises can make for happy and safe users and owners, and satisfy the authorities having code jurisdiction.
This cleanroom tip was taken from “Challenges Equal Opportunities,” which appeared in the February 2013 issue of Controlled Environments.