Leon Williams Contractors Begins Renovation of Maryville Lab for High-Tech Clinical Trials

November 19, 2018 by RipleyPR



Heather Ripley

Ripley PR




Leon Williams Contractors Begins Renovation of Maryville Lab for High-Tech Clinical Trials

Maryville, Tennessee-based commercial design-build firm will update Molecular Pathology Laboratory Network’s East Tennessee facility to accommodate high-level biotechnology clinical trial


MARYVILLE, Tenn. – Nov. 19, 2018 – Leon Williams Contractors (LWC), a Maryville-based commercial design-build firm, is renovating the Blount County headquarters of regional medical testing provider Molecular Pathology Laboratory Network (MPLN) to accommodate a six-month biotechnology clinical trial.

The project will convert a one-room lab at MPLN’s 27,000-square-foot downtown Maryville facility into two state-of-the-art laboratories connected by a corridor. The two labs will require a complex split-air-pressure system with positive air pressure in one room and negative air pressure in the other in order to prevent contamination between the two rooms.

“This is a highly technical project that requires attention to detail and precision,” said Roger A. Hubbard, founder, president and CEO of MPLN. “Any contamination from one room to the other could completely invalidate these important scientific trials, so there’s almost no room for error. That’s why we’re working with Leon Williams Contractors – they’re thorough and reliable, so we’re confident they can meet and even exceed the high standards this project demands.”

MPLN provides an expanding menu of molecular diagnostics, specialty anatomic pathology, flow cytometry, fluorescence in situ hybridization, and cytogenetic testing for pathology groups, hospitals, medical laboratories, and physician groups nationwide.

Renovation will last six to eight weeks. The initial clinical trial will start in January and last for at least six months. When the trial is complete, MPLN will be able to adapt the new laboratory facilities for new trials and testing.

“This is a unique challenge for us,” said LWC president Jimmy Hawkins. “MPLN is already an advanced scientific facility, and this project will make it truly cutting-edge. Dr. Hubbard and his team have provided us with a clear vision of what they need, and that allowed us to create a detailed plan that we’ll use to bring their vision to life. We are excited to not only help MPLN refine their practice, but to play a small role in technology that could change the future of medical practices.”




About Leon Williams Contractors

An experienced commercial design-build firm, Leon Williams Contractors simplifies the building process by effectively managing costs, adhering to deadlines and reducing complications to provide a seamless building experience. As a value-engineering expert, Leon Williams Contractors offers a complete range of services including pre-construction consultation, site assessment, design-build expertise and construction management in the greater Knoxville, Tenn. area.

For more information, visit www.lwcontractorstn.com or call 865-982-1734.

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