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Case Study

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Situation

This new space, designed to accommodate the diverse scientific needs of LabCentral’s resident startups, needed a custom program. Without proper permitting, safety training and facilities management the shared lab space concept could be costly and even dangerous. 

Hiring multiple contractors to manage each EH&S facet could lead to an incongruous set of management practices, confusion among employees and added complications to an already new and untested concept.
 
LabCentral chose Triumvirate’s VentureStart service to build a singular, cohesive EH&S program around its cost and performance goals. Triumvirate began working with LabCentral prior to launch in 2012 to build out the necessary programs and ensure the appropriate permits were in place before opening day. 

Action

Triumvirate immediately set to work implementing a series of plans and procedures to optimize LabCentral’s programs. Triumvirate helped secure the appropriate permits and documentation on LabCentral’s behalf, created safety-training programs, and began executing with LabCentral staff. As part of the VentureStart package Triumvirate incorporated the following sub-services:

  • Environmental consulting
  • Environmental specialist onsite support
  • Lab decontaminations
  • Lab decommissioning
  • Wastewater operations maintenance and preventative maintenance and support
  • Trainings
  • ADVISE (EH&S software)

Triumvirate’s onsite presence helps ensure LabCentral’s operations run smoothly, with one environmental specialist, one consultant, and one wastewater technician, each providing onsite services at LabCentral one day a week. This allows for a high-touch service that complements the culture and atmosphere of the organization.

Testimonial

"Working with Triumvirate well before the opening of LabCentral eased the burden of lab design challenges and obtaining the necessary permits to open the facility. Also utilizing the same company to manage all of the daily operational services post launch enabled a seamless process and efficient workflows, helping to deliver cost savings, and reduce stress across departments − from lab personnel to finance. Having experts on site regularly also allows our scientists to form relationships and ask questions when needed, which is extremely valuable, particularly to first-time entrepreneurs. Triumvirate has been vigilant not only about keeping employees and residents safe and making sure our processes are compliant − but also acts as a partner in our continuous improvement process to fine-tune our EH&S programs to help achieve organizational goals. Triumvirate has been thorough, knowledgeable, and quick to respond from the start."

- Celina Chang, LabCentral’s Director of Laboratory Operations

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