Brown University

Sidney E. Frank Hall for Life Sciences

Project Overview

Devoted to the study of human biology, the Sidney E. Frank Hall for Life Sciences represents the largest capital project on the Brown University campus to date. Speed was of paramount importance in the delivery of fully commissioned systems for this 169,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art research and teaching facility.

Project Specifications

Contract Amount: $17,700,000

Total Project Value: $95,000,000

Construction Manager: Gilbane Building Company

Architect/Mechanical Engineer: Ballinger

Facility Type: Higher Education Research

Facility Size: 400,000 sq. ft.

Schedule: December 2004 – July 2006

Project Location: Providence, RI

Download Case Study (PDF)

Services Provided

New construction


Clean/High purity piping



Highlights / Achievements

HVAC/Plumbing to support 30 laboratories, 10 conference rooms, 62 offices, 98-seat seminar room, vivarium, and research support

Animal care facility required precise humidity/temperature controls

Fast-track project delivery

Prefabrication of mechanical room

Minimal disruption to adjacent operations

3D computer coordination

Silver LEED certied

Value Delivered

Working within a challenging, fast-track schedule, Arden constructed all HVAC and plumbing systems to include sophisticated medical gas systems and reverse osmosis de-ionized (RODI) piping to support full-service research activities. Arden’s prefabrication expertise ensured high-quality construction while delivering significant time savings on a challenging, fast-track schedule.