Life Sciences

Kimley-Horn makes our life science clients successful with a simple, yet powerful approach. We foster open collaboration with life sciences project delivery consultants, science and technology clients, and global biotechnology, biopharmaceutical, pharmaceutical, and contract development and manufacturing organizations coast to coast. Kimley-Horn’s interdisciplinary life sciences team is far more than a consulting engineer. We are your proactive partner for designing and engineering regulated facilities throughout all stages of development. Clients trust us to establish strong partnerships early on and provide ongoing support, ensuring facility flexibility and speed-to-market—all while saving time and money.

Efficient Project Delivery at Every Level

To control costs without compromising quality or extending schedules, we embrace a Target Value Design mindset. We understand the importance of a seamless approach to project delivery, which is why our team follows a lean A&E integrated project delivery approach throughout the project’s lifecycle. The absence of rigid geographic boundaries and our unique single profit and loss structure enables nimble client service, and the integration of multiple disciplines under one roof further enhances efficiency. Our approach aligns perfectly with the Pharma 4.0™ transition, where collaboration across sectors is key to digitalizing and achieving next-level efficiency in life sciences manufacturing.

We understand the intricate connection between the lifecycle and schedule of your facilities and the completion of your final process validation and Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP/GMP) compliance process. Most importantly, we know that schedule efficiency is vital to maintain the back-end schedule parameters necessary for validation and compliance. By condensing front-end critical path items such as environmental permitting, off-site traffic, infrastructure improvements, jurisdictional coordination, and land development permitting, we can accelerate the project timeline or allow for additional time at the end of the project. Optimizing speed-to-market initiatives is our priority, and we integrate proven project delivery and lifecycle management strategies into our processes.

# 1
Engineering Firm for 2022
BD+C Giants 400 Rankings–Top 80
# 1
in Distribution and Warehouses for 2023
Engineering News-Record (ENR) General Building Ranking
70 +
Life Sciences Projects
4400000 +
Square Feet of Life Sciences Projects Planned and Developed

Your Nationwide Life Sciences Development Partner with Local Expertise

Kimley-Horn established our dedicated life sciences practice to give you access to local knowledge, relationships, and expertise for where you are now and where you will be in the future. Our core group of life science subject matter experts collaborates seamlessly with our local land development consultants, who specialize in permitting, utilities, energy, and environmental services across the United States.

From site selection, site civil, environmental, traffic, structural, and renewable energy integration to landscape architecture and planning services, our specialized life sciences land development services consultants deliver:

  • Highly specialized manufacturing facilities
  • Research development projects
  • Industrial warehouses
  • Supply chain distribution facilities
  • Cold storage facilities
  • Laboratories

At Kimley-Horn, our specialization empowers us to deliver speed, efficiency, and exceptional results. We are committed to exceeding your expectations and helping you achieve your goals.

Life Sciences Facility Type Experience

Areas of Expertise

  • New construction
  • Spec building infill and fit-out
  • Existing facility retro-fit
  • Adaptive reuse
  • Modular or stick-built central utility building
  • Full-scale and selective demolition
  • Shallow/deep/retrofit foundation solutions
  • Suspended modular cleanrooms
  • Cold room and freezer storage
  • Process waste pits
  • Pipe racks
  • Bulk gas/process tank pads
  • Overhead hoists and cranes
  • Due diligence, site selection, and entitlement
  • Master planning
  • Site civil engineering and permitting
  • Zoning testimony and assistance
  • Traffic impact studies
  • Environmental assessment and remediation
  • The Last Planner® system
  • Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) tools (BIM/Revit)
  • Target Value Design (TVD)
  • Choosing by Advantages (CBA)

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