University of Wisconsin, Madison
Microbial Sciences Building
The 330,000 gsf Microbial Sciences building was designed to provide new state of the art research facilities to house UW-Madison's departments of Bacteriology, Medical Microbiology & Immunology, and Food Microbiology & Toxicology. The facility houses interdisciplinary laboratory facilities for (47) research groups, (11) instructional labs with approximately (360) student stations.
The design intermixed research groups into five neighborhoods on each floor to foster knowledge sharing. These neighborhoods also share extensive support facilities: instrumentation, controlled environment rooms such as microscopy, imaging suites, autoclaves, and darkrooms.
The basement of this facility houses a large vivarium, ABSL-2, ABSL-3 suites, as well as a large BSL-3 Enhanced area in (6) suites used for primary containment.
During the testing and commissioning phase of the desired BSL-3Ag space, there were a few unanticipated issues that arose during pressure decay testing. Eric Slifer, while affiliated with X-nth, was retained for biocontainment consulting. Eric worked as an integral part of the design and construction team to identify and rectify these issues allowing the University to operate the space in compliance with Agricultural Research Service (ARS) certification requirements.
Executive Architect: Plunkett Raysich Architects
Design Architect: CO Architects
Laboratory Planning: X-nth
Biocontainment consultant: Eric Slifer while affiliated with X-nth