In July of 2021, Nabholz bid a renovation project to build out a space in the Molecular Imaging and Theranostics Center (MITC) at the University of Missouri. The project was to retrofit a 1,400 square foot former storage area into a nuclear research lab. The new MITC serves to further their research into uses of radiation such as cancer treatment. The lab includes two CT imaging rooms, mice holding rooms, and a lab space retrofitted with medical gas and other research equipment to be used for radiation related studies.
The Molecular Imaging and Theranostics building is an active research facility and the space was surrounded by active animal research labs. This required extensive HEPA use and dust and noise mitigation around the project to not affect any surrounding research labs. Any loud noise work or electrical and HVAC shutdowns required coordination with the building staff and was often performed outside normal working hours.
One of the toughest challenges for this project was ensuring all connections to the MRI and CAT Scan machines were correct and met requirements, such as cryogen hookups for magnet cooling, data for image transmission, and heavy electrical. Since the MRI machine contained a large magnet, the hookups are required to be non-magnetic, which is less common. Extra review was done to ensure these requirements were all met.
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