Siphonic Drainage & Pharmaceutical Construction

Why is Siphonic Drainage the best choice for Pharmaceutical Construction?

Pharmaceutical facilities are highly congested areas with large volumes of cabling, piping, ducting, and other crucial building infrastructure and utilities. From power sources and ventilation to manufacturing-specific functionalities, space is critical within the walls, floors, and ceilings in these busy, high-end production environments.

The rainwater drainage package often falls between civil, mechanical and architectural remits, leading to a lack of coordination to facilitate its optimum integration within the multitude of services coming together in the envelope of the buildings.

The early engagement of a highly experienced, specialist partner can ensure that the rainwater drainage package is coordinated early in the design process, optimising the design of these complex, large-scale pharmaceutical construction projects.

Based on its 10+ years niche specialist expertise and experience of upfront integration in design teams, Capcon Engineering has been able to determine that siphonic drainage is generally the best choice of rainwater drainage in pharmaceutical construction projects due to the following factors:

  • Reduced Pipe Diameter
    Pipe diameter can be reduced by up to 50% in comparison to a gravity system
  • Level Pipework
    No need to factor in gradient as the pipe can be installed level
  • Less Outlets & Downpipes
    In comparison to a gravity, siphonic drainage systems require less outlets and downpipes
  • 30% Cost Reduction
    Costs reductions of up to 30% for siphonic system in comparison to gravity.
  • More Sustainable
    Less requirement for materials makes siphonic an inherently more sustainable choice

Would you like to talk about your next pharmaceutical construction project?

Speak directly with our Divisional Director, Donnacha Tobin

Donnacha Tobin

Benefits of Early Engagement at Design Stage

The rainwater drainage package frequently falls between civil, mechanical and architectural remits.

Capcon Engineering provides specialist rainwater drainage design services to Architectural and Consulting Engineering Design Teams during the design phase. Our BIM Level 2 accredited design team leader heads up a highly experienced and talented group of individuals.

The key benefits of incorporating expert rainwater design early in the design phase of a pharmaceutical project include:

  • Coordination
    Reduced risk of coordination issues.
  • Improved Flexibility
    Improved flexibility to design rainwater systems in harmony with all other services
  • Increased Certainty
    Increased certainty on rainwater drainage cost, timeframe and scope
  • Synchronisation
    Integrated synchronisation of rainwater drainage with civil drainage and roofing package
  • More Sustainable
    Effective design produces a more sustainable system with reduced materials requirement
Siphonic drainage designers
Capcon's in-house design team

How does BIM technology help Design Teams ensure all routes are coordinated?

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Even on projects that are only partly coordinated in BIM, such as the large-scale project for West Pharmaceuticals, our BIM Level 2 accredited design team can leverage BIM technology to solve design pinch points and avoid conflicting routes.

Capcon Engineering provides specialist siphonic and gravity rainwater drainage design services to Architectural and Consulting Engineering Design Teams, as well as high-level consultancy to end-clients.

In House Design Capabilities

Would you like to know more about our BIM-integrated approach?

Speak directly with our BIM Level 2 Accredited Design Lead, Stephen Morris on:

Stephen Morris
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