Wildlife Services Field Station Modernization for the U.S. Department of Agriculture/Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services

This project consisted of the modernization of the existing lab/office building located at the USDA National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC). Foresight designed and constructed a new 1,100-square-foot Animal Care building and associated parking lot and renovated the existing 5,000-square foot office/laboratory building. Construction was phased at Owner’s request and current building tenants were temporarily relocated. The project was designed to LEED Silver specifications, although formal LEED certification was not being pursued.

The new Animal Care building houses a diet prep and storage area, animal holding area, bathrooms, closets and electrical room. The building consisted of slab on grade construction and CMU walls. The roofing consisted of wide-flange steel roof framing. The building required an extension of site utilities plus the infrastructure required of a standalone building. A new single air handling system was provided to serve the Animal Care area. Fire sprinklers were installed throughout the new construction area and 480/277 volt lighting panel installed for service to the lighting.

Renovations to the existing laboratory/office building included replacement of electrical and mechanical systems; construction of new dedicated electrical and mechanical rooms; replacement of existing bathrooms; and minor ADA modifications. Additionally, an existing garage door providing vehicle access was replaced with a smaller overhead coiling door and a personnel door installed from the loading area. The laboratory was upgraded to add a new fire sprinkler system; associated new fire protection water line was required.