AFRIMS’ 1st MRR Project

Scope of Work: J&J’s Construction Division was awarded a task order under our Medical Repair and Renewal (MRR) MATOC through USACE–Huntsville Center to replace cage washers in Building 5 Vet–Med at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command (USAMRMC), Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences (AFRIMS) – Bangkok, Thailand.

Our team was responsible for demolishing and removing two (2) existing rack/cage washers and installing two (2) NEW cage washers, which are CRITICAL to the operation of the primate colony at AFRIMS.

  • Design & Construction: included assessment of the overall integrity and condition of the existing floors/subfloors and concrete slabs; reinforcement and upgrade to support new machines; and temporary construction to separate the construction zones from other surrounding sensitive clinical vivarium and administrative spaces.
  • Structural Work: included reinforcing steel, structural beams, and structural concrete.
  • Incidental Work: included replacing exhaust hoods, roof ventilators and other mechanical, plumbing, and electrical work for the new rack/cage washers, including new 50amp feeds and disconnects.

Impressive Results: This was AFRIMS’ First MRR project. J&J successfully installed the new cage–washer equipment without interruption to the overall vet–med operations, while achieving the targeted Beneficial Occupancy Date (BOD). The installed machines also helped the facility pass their Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) inspection in February of 2018.