DES MOINES, Iowa – Neumann Brothers, Inc. completed construction on Kemin’s new Molecular Advancement Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Phase one of this project began in March of 2012 and included the construction of a 46,300 square foot laboratory. Neumann earned this project on a pre-qualified bid basis.
Neumann Brothers provided Kemin with an innovative new building featuring a large atrium for reception, a sensory lab for food tasting, a test kitchen, two large general labs, a cell culture room, micro propagation room, three pilot labs, and many more work spaces. The project also included a separate central utility plant housing the boiler and chiller, as well as a 2 1/2 acre pond and walking path.
One challenge Neumann Brothers’ construction team faced was the de-watering of the property. During the initial stages of construction, as the site was being prepared, over 1 million gallons of water was pumped out each day to allow for the building to be constructed. The lab equipment contract also proved to be a challenge, as many parts and pieces including, fume hoods, bio-safety cabinets, a growth chamber, and an extensive exhaust system needed to fit together seamlessly.
“I enjoyed the ability to work closely with Kemin Industries and their Project Team,” said Chad Bunner, Project Manager. “Working with a family owned, Des Moines based company that has a hands-on approach proved to be a successful experience.”