An image depicting the newly expanded facilities at PCT, a Caladrius Company, in Allendale — Courtesy: Poskanzer Skott Architects
By Joshua Burd
Poskanzer Skott Architects has designed an expansion of a life sciences facility in Allendale for a longtime client focused on the cell therapy industry, the firm announced Wednesday.
Working on behalf of PCT, a Caladrius Company, an operation focused on development and manufacturing, Poskanzer Skott designed a space that includes additional clean rooms and other upgrades. The Ridgewood-based firm said in a news release that the expansion will improve PCT’s capability to provide commercial grade “current good manufacturing practices,” or cGMP, capacity, while meeting compliance requirements for product distribution into the European Union.
“The expanded design provides additional space to house growing demand for our services, including expanding our capability to process, manufacture and develop EU-compliant cell therapy products,” Robert A. Preti, co-founder and president of PCT, said in a prepared statement. “We thank PSA for their past and ongoing support to grow PCT’s infrastructure alongside the advancement of the cell therapy industry.”
PSA designed the original Allendale facility in 2008, with plans to build it out in phases, the news release said. The first phase included four clean room suites and a freezer farm unit with multiple liquid nitrogen freezers.
PSA subsequently designed two additional clean rooms that were done in 2016, the firm said. Recently completed stages of the work include redesigned warehouse and storage space with plans to move and upgrade bathrooms and locker rooms.
The two additional clean rooms included in this new design will bring the facility up to a total of eight, which are fully compliant with FDA norms and five that are compliant with requirements set by the European Medicines Agency, Poskanzer Skott said. PCT expects construction on the latest expansion to be completed in 2017.
“We take great pride in the quality and longevity of our relationship with PCT,” Partner Barry Poszkanzer said. “PCT is an exciting company and we look forward to providing additional support and services as the company expands, and as compliance regulations require.”