Brookline Transportation, Inc. (BTI), a Mayflower Van Lines agent specializing in commercial, lab, medical, science and residential moves, recently completed a move of the laboratory of renowned physician-scientist Dr. Eric G. Pamer from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan to The Duchossois Family Institute at the University of Chicago Medicine.
An infectious diseases expert, Dr. Pamer specializes in immune defense against infections associated with cancer treatment. After accepting a position at the University of Chicago Medicine’s Duchossois Family Institute, Dr. Pamer had two months to move his lab from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to Chicago. Among the items to be relocated was an anaerobic chamber, a delicate and expensive item needing special care and crating.
“The equipment was a challenge, but logistics and timing played a part as well,” said George Rohlfing, said George Rohlfing, owner of the family-owned and operated Brookline Transportation, Inc (BTI). “Neither facility’s loading dock was the right height for our truck. Unloading would have to be done at the street level in both Manhattan and at the University of Chicago.”
Rohlfing added, “Another challenge was time. Most lab moves require six months to a year from the RFP and planning stage to final delivery and having the lab up and running. The move from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City to The Duchossois Family Institute at the University of Chicago would need to be completed in two months.”
Loading the truck took place on June 24. While much of the lab equipment was fairly standard, the Coy anaerobic chamber required some special crating along with anti-static bubble wrap and needed to be handled carefully. The trucks were loaded in stages, with secondary items packed first and the higher priority items last.
Loading and unloading did take place from the street level. That did prove challenging and local authorities needed to be reminded that BTI had permission to be there. It also meant working around foot traffic. The entire move was completed on June 27, three days before Dr. Pamer’s July 1 go-live date.
Said Ingrid Leiner, manager for Dr. Pamer’s lab at the University of Chicago, “From the very beginning, George and the BTI team made you feel comfortable that they knew what they were doing. That started with the virtual survey tour BTI conducted of the lab to estimate what would be needed for the move to the day BTI showed up in Chicago, which was three days before our July 1 open date. The best part of the experience, in addition to BTI’s knowledge of the intricacies of a lab move, was the responsiveness. Whether it was a phone call or an e-mail, George responded right away, every time.”
In addition to lab moves, BTI offers a wide range of relocations services for its residential and commercial customers. For complete information on BTI’s relocation services, please visit https://www.usamover.com/ or call 800-766-7724.