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McCownGordon named Construction Manager for the Animal Disease Research & Diagnostic Laboratory

May 10, 2017
  • Projects

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (May 10, 2017) McCownGordon Construction was recently selected to provide construction management at risk services for the upgrade and expansion of the State of South Dakota  - Animal Disease Research & Diagnostic Laboratory located in Brookings, South Dakota.  The project, to be completed in two phases, includes the addition of 80,0763 square feet of laboratory space, which features a biosafety level 3 space, biosafety level 2 enhanced necropsy space, containment technology, decontamination areas, airlocks and sterilization areas. Phase two will renovate the existing laboratory space to accommodate research needs.

“Our firm is pleased and honored to be selected for this project,” said Ramin Cherafat, chief operating officer for McCownGordon. “We are proud of the expertise we offer in the construction of complex spaces that demand an extraordinary level of sophistication, care and accuracy to deliver. The work being done at the ADRDL is important to protect and improve animal and ultimately, human health.”

The ADRDL, located on the campus of South Dakota State University, is a key component in protecting both human and animal health in South Dakota and surrounding states.  It provides the front line of defense in protecting the state’s $7.3 billion livestock industry against diseases, and provides important diagnostic information for the state’s wildlife, as well as companion animals.  In addition, the lab promotes human health in dealing with food safety issues and zoonotic diseases.

According to Daniel Lacy, operations director for McCownGordon and leader of the firm’s science and technology group, “The ADRDL is a vital resource for South Dakota, as well as the U.S food supply. Understanding the technical requirements of such a complex facility is essential to ensuring the best quality and value in building a facility that operates at peak efficiency and without interruption.”

The South Dakota legislature recently approved the plan to upgrade and expand the ADRDL and the development of a funding package for the $58 million project is underway. The work on Phase 1 of the project is expected to begin this fall. Completion of Phase 2 is anticipated in 2019.

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