Invasive Species Research Building
This 50,000 sf. animal research facility located at The National Wildlife Research Center Campus on the Foothills Campus of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, was constructed for the purpose of researching invasive animal species from all over the world. The facility consists of animal containment rooms, office space, laboratory facilities, and building support services. The components of the mechanical design included laboratory exhaust systems with heat recovery, desiccant dehumidification, steam humidification, active room pressurization control, and RO and DI treated water systems. The significant challenge in this project was to have systems that could readily change the environment of each containment from 95 Degrees and 95% R.H. to 45 Degrees and 45% R.H. in a 24 Hour period. Electrical design involved intense lighting and dimming requirements with day light simulation at up to 1700 fc using mixtures of various lighting types including, fluorescent, metal halide, and high-pressure sodium. Other electrical systems include a 1500 KW emergency generator, and UPS systems. This “one-of-a-kind” project features simulated natural environment rooms to recreate diverse temperature and humidity climates.
Total construction cost was $15 million. For this project, bcer engineering met the mechanical and electrical standards set by the association for assessment and accreditation of laboratory animal care (aaalac).