VA Administration Cryogenics Bio-Repository Facility


VA Administration Cryogenics Bio-Repository Facility

Jamaica Plain, MA


About this Project

Under a contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the FST-led design team conducted a market survey of "Cryogenics Bio-Repository Storage/Retrieval Systems" ("BRU"); developed the "RFP Documents for the solicitation of a BRU"; conducted pre-design tasks including topographic surveys, subsurface investigations, identified existing utilities, baseline drawings, parametric cost estimate; and performed other conceptual design activities for the new building.

The end-user is the Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiology Research and Information Center (MAVERIC). The retrieval system is a modular, large scale liquid nitrogen cooled minus 80 degree Celsius automated biological specimens storage system that was initially planned for the storage capacity of two million 1.4 ml MATRIX cryotubes and expandable to four million. However, the BRU has been awarded for the full 4 million cyrotube capacity. The system will allow for storage, retrieval and complete tracking of all specimens.

Features of the system include:

  • Minus 20 degree Celsius outer enclosure compartment that contains the main store robot, vessel picking stations and loading area
  • Concurrent Multiple vials loading systems, and barcode scan and read tube systems


More Information

Owner: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Client)

Location: Jamaica Plain, MA

Highlights: FST provided all A/E design of a new structure to accommodate the BRU systems and operations staff. The new installation was sited on a small parcel of land between existing buildings within the already tightly-constrained VAMC facility in the Jamaica Plain section of Boston.