DYNALABS investment doubles the size of its testing facility

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DYNALABS LLC, a St. Louis-based pharmaceuticals testing lab, spent $1.5 million to double the size of its testing facility, the company announced Monday.

Artisan Building Co. of St. Louis was the general contractor on the project, which added a 15,500-square-foot second floor that features wet chemistry and analytical laboratories and an area for glassware washing and drying. A lunch area and conference space also was added. The facility, at 2327 Chouteau Ave., now is 33,500 square feet.artisan-dynalab-wide-shot*750xx1366-768-0-72

“We examined DynaLabs’ space needs, re-evaluated the original drawings and wherever we saw a wall that wasn’t needed, we eliminated it,” Andy Barnes, principal at Artisan Building, said in the release. “That saved on electrical and mechanical infrastructure and also created more opportunities for collaboration, rather than isolating each lab behind walls.”

DynaLabs COO and Managing Partner Russell Odegard said the company is planning more renovations; work on its clean room area, which provides a sterile environment for testing, is expected to start at the end of this year. No more details were available.

Liberty Electric Inc., American Mechanical and T.J. Wies Contracting Inc. also worked on the $1.5 million expansion.

DynaLabs, founded in 2004, was one of the fastest growing companies in St. Louis in 2014. It saw revenue grow 124.07 percent from 2011 to 2013.