ISU - Veterinary Field Services Building Expansion Study

ISU - Veterinary Field Services Building Expansion Study

The Clark Enersen Partners was recently selected to provide professional planning services for an expansion to the Iowa State University (ISU) Veterinary Field Services building. The existing Veterinary Field Services (VFS) building is a stand-alone facility situated on the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine campus. Built in 2011, the current facility provides the opportunity for veterinary students to engage with agricultural animal producers throughout the state in a real-world environment that closely mimics an actual agricultural veterinary practice. The recommended scheme is comprised of a single-story addition to the north and west that is approximately 9,445 gross square feet and includes additional renovations to areas within the existing facility totaling approximately 1,921 gross square feet. The projected project cost is between $3,400,000 and $3,750,000.
 
In the preferred scheme, the existing laboratory will be renovated to meet BSL-2 requirements, and a new BSL-2 laboratory will be built to the north. Providing an additional laboratory space and a dirty corridor to reach the two laboratories will provide the opportunity to programmatically separate biologically clean and dirty areas, ensuring that bio-security protocols required by the program may be met. A larger locker/shower room will be constructed in the new addition and the existing locker/shower rooms will be demolished during the second phase of construction. 
 
In addition to enhancing the bio-security of the VFS operation, the new addition will also provide increased program space for instruction, research, and office space. New instructional spaces will include a thirty-person classroom and a clinical simulation laboratory. A new walk-in cooler/ freezer will be provided in support of the educational mission for the storage of biological samples used for instruction. New spaces to serve expanded research and field services needs will include an invitro-fertilization laboratory as well as office space for the expanding staff and compliment of veterinary residents.