MacKenzie Contracting Company Wins Tenant Build-Out Contract for New Haystack Oncology R&D Laboratory at City Garage

New South Baltimore space to house specialized clinical oncology diagnostic testing labs, including sophisticated mechanical and electrical systems.      

MacKenzie Contracting Company has won a contract to oversee the comprehensive tenant build-out for Haystack Oncology’s new U.S. base and laboratory R&D center, contained within a 20,000 square foot space at the City Garage Science & Technology Center in South Baltimore. Haystack Oncology plans to relocate its workforce to the 135,000 square foot building, located at 101 W. Dickman Street and part of the mixed-use Baltimore Peninsula, in late 2023. The company, founded by a team of prominent Johns Hopkins University researchers, is relocating from the Remington section of Baltimore City.

Haystack Oncology is an early-stage oncology company focused on minimal residual disease (MRD) testing to aid in the early, accurate detection of residual or recurring cancer and better inform therapy decisions. In April, Quest Diagnostics, the nation’s leading provider of diagnostic information services, announced plans to acquire Haystack Oncology. Quest completed its acquisition in June.

Founded in 2021, Haystack has developed a circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA)-based technology specifically for MRD detection, based on 20 years of research and development by world-renowned luminaries from Johns Hopkins University.

The new space at City Garage will feature an open office design with workstations and supporting offices, as well as specialized clinical diagnostic, research, and sample processing labs. Sophisticated mechanical and electrical systems will be configured within the space to support the unique electrical and HVAC requirements of the clinical-grade medical R&D testing performed at the company.

“We are extremely familiar with and have deep experience in executing state-of-the-art medical and healthcare tenant build-outs and our team is ready to deliver a space that meets the specialized needs of Haystack Oncology,” stated Marty Copsey, President & COO of MacKenzie Contracting Company. “MacKenzie’s vertically-integrated group of professionals was able to offer a full suite of real estate services to Haystack Oncology which will result in a seamless execution of this project.

“Among the challenges our team will face is the installation of helical piles into the interior space, which are necessary to support the new structural steel for the mezzanine. Our team intends to use the best practices, as well as adhering to protocols that assure energy efficiency, when installing the mechanical and electrical equipment, which includes an emergency generator for back-up power support.”

MacKenzie Contracting Company will work in conjunction with Hord Coplan Macht and Kovacs Whitney & Associates, Inc., who will provide architectural design and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design services for the project, respectively.

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