Cerrudo Services renovated an existing laboratory for the US Forest Service at their fire research facility in Riverside, CA. The facility performs research on the redevelopment of damaged/destroyed forest areas affected by fire and other natural disasters.
After demolition of existing conditions, construction began by erecting a new second floor over the existing single floor space incorporating multiple steel columns with below-ground spread footings and reinforcement.
The new second floor was built out with offices, conference rooms, and an extension to an existing corridor that provided access to an occupied section of the building. The first floor was built into an advanced laboratory to support the facility’s research. The new lab included installation of laboratory-grade steel cabinets, chemical-resistant resin counter tops, epoxy based sinks, fume hood systems with rooftop motor exhaust systems, emergency eyewash stations and a specialized gas distribution system.
Access to the second floor was provided by means of a new two-stop elevator and steel stairway.