Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s New Veterinary Diagnostics Laboratory is Halfway to Completion
Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s new Veterinary Diagnostics Laboratory is halfway to completion. The two-story, 94,000 SF project is set to finish construction in 2023 and will include specialized laboratory spaces with a flexible layout concept.
Ames, IA – During a recent visit to the ISU VDL jobsite, Dan Solem, Weitz Project Manager, gave a project update on a few of the unique characteristics and essential components of the $51M veterinary diagnostics lab.
August 2022 Project Update:
The structural steel framing and extra concrete mass pictured below will assist in minimizing vibration transmissions to protect scientific happenings and results within the laboratories. The steel beams are W40x278s, and each one weighs 11,600 pounds. These beams are comparable to the ones that support bridges across the country.
The interior walls are being built and insulated to nullify sound transmission between spaces by using additional acoustical deadening materials and details. These extra precautions will ensure the labs and offices have privacy and provide enhanced dictation recording capabilities for their research discoveries.
The yellow overhead monorail-hoist system pictured below will be able to transport large and/or uniquely shaped animals such as giraffes. This monorail-hoist system will allow the owner flexibility to support a variety of animals across farms and zoos. The ISU College of Veterinary Medicine has a cooperative program with the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa that provides educational experiences for vet students to work with exotic animals.
As part of the quality program for this project, the project team mocked up all the plumbing, electrical, and tool bins that will be located within the necropsy rooms. Afterward, they invited members of the necropsy team to view the mock-up onsite to visualize their future working space to ensure confidence that all the equipment, services, and locations would meet their needs before the installation process began. Therefore, it would help minimize future change requests and change orders later.
Great job to the ISU VDL project team for reaching this incredible milestone!
For more information on the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s new Veterinary Diagnostics Laboratory, visit its project page here.