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Project Unified State Laboratory (Module 1)

Project Size

82,133 sq ft

Project Dates

18 months

Project Location

4501 South 2700 West Taylorsville, UT 84119

The Unified State Laboratory facility was designed and constructed through a hybrid collaborative design process by VCBO Architecture, SmithGroup, and Big-D Construction.

  • Best of 2010 Award Gold, Government/Public Building, Mountain States Construction | 2010
  • Excellence in Construction Best Healthcare Project Over $5 Million, Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC), Utah Chapter | 2009
  • State of Utah High Performance Building

Project Description

Located on the state-owned Rampton Complex in Taylorville, Utah, the Unified State Laboratory is a 82,133-square-foot facility is the first of three planned modules for this campus. Module I houses the Department of Health’s Bureaus of Microbiology, Forensic Toxicology, Chemical and Environmental Services, and Laboratory Improvement. The Bureau of Microbiology incorporates a new, state-of-the-art BSL3 (Bio-safety Level 3) suite consisting of six isolation laboratories: TB Isolation, TB/Molecular Culture, Virology/Immunology, Molecular, Biological Terrorism, and a contiguous Sample Preparation Lab.

Laboratory facilities have unique requirements that are integral to the design and construction of the project including safety features to address hazardous and bio hazardous materials, security at building entry points, efficiency features such as bench and lab workstations, and laboratory-specific systems for exhaust, water, and refrigeration. All of these requirements were designed and built into the Unified State Laboratory facility. As desired by laboratory staff, the three-story building included a variety of highly specialized laboratory spaces with collaborative areas, sustainable features, and abundant natural light and views.

In addition to these highly sensitive labs, Module I houses common areas, including open office areas, training laboratories, classrooms, and conference spaces, many of which contain state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment. These spaces open to a private courtyard to be flanked by the future modules, creating an internal outdoor quad. Because of the nature of the work performed here, the building includes security features to control access to sensitive areas.

The Unified State Laboratory included sustainable features and energy efficiency as part of the final design. The building was designed to meet the State of Utah’s High Performance Building Standards, which is equivalent to LEED Silver. The East Office Wing is framed by a deep roof overhang and wind scoop to direct natural ventilation into select operable windows on the east facade. A green roof was designed for the balcony/roof areas outside the curtain wall of the two office levels.