When Bruker was looking to upgrade two of its expanding BioSpin sites in Rheinstetten and Ettlingen, Germany, the company took the opportunity to increase its sustainability profile from the outset.
With the two facilities separated by only 5 km, Bruker opted to consolidate them into one Centre of Excellence for magnetic resonance and preclinical imaging solutions.
The 'Bruker Campus', situated on the company's Ettlingen site, represents the company's largest investment and includes the construction of two new state of the art laboratories, refurbishing existing buildings, adding green spaces, and upgrading to the latest in analytical technology, while keeping top of mind the health, safety and wellbeing of workers and good environmental practices.
The Biosafety Level 2 lab is a clinical research laboratory for Bruker BioSpin's applied, industrial and clinical division (AIC), where bio-samples are prepared and analyzed to support analytical services and AIC product development and validation. It has been installed also in accordance to EU Directive 2000/54/EC requirements to protect staff & employees from risks associated with exposure to biological agents, particularly micro-organisms. Laboratories handling materials in respect of which there exist uncertainties about the presence of biological agents must take specific protective measures and in general are categorized by four defined containment levels, with level 4 being the highest level.
To ensure the health and safety of workers, each access level area is spatially defined and marked with the biosafety level designation and the biohazard symbol, and access to the different safety protection areas is restricted to named, trained employees only.
Whether refurbishing or constructing new buildings at the Ettlingen site, Bruker has made good on its commitment to protect the environment and the wellbeing of its staff by incorporating initiatives such as:
Bruker's decision to develop one modern and attractive site fit for a technology-leading, progressive 21st century organisation brings different teams together under one roof, resulting in improved and coordinated processes, stronger internal communications and a new collaborative approach. The Campus Plaza - a specially designed green space in the middle of the new Centre of Excellence - offers workers a space in which to relax or host creative open-air meetings. Building sustainability into Bruker's Ettlingen site is "a real innovation project" for the company.