Poultry Testing Lab building

University of Minnesota | Poultry Testing Laboratory

Disease surveillance for the poultry industry.

Facts & Stats



University of Minnesota


Market Type

Higher Education
Science & Technology

Two diamonds

Square Footage

80,000 SF



Willmar, Minnesota


Completion Date



Global Impact Stat

1000+ Tests annually

The Minnesota Poultry Testing Lab (MPTL) underwent a renovation and expansion project to address the increased demand for poultry diagnostic testing due to the recent avian flu outbreak. The project had a tight schedule and aimed to achieve the following goals:

  • BSL-2 compliance: The project ensured that the facility met the biosafety level 2 (BSL-2) standards for handling moderate-risk biological agents, such as avian flu viruses. The project implemented safety features such as biosafety cabinets, autoclaves, personal protective equipment, and proper waste disposal.
  • Increasing testing capacity: The project increased the testing capacity of the facility by expanding the laboratory space and adding new equipment and technology. The project also improved the workflow and efficiency of the testing process by streamlining the sample collection, preparation, analysis, and reporting.
  • Creating a flexible and adaptable facility: The project created a facility that could adapt to the changing needs of the poultry industry and the research community. The project designed open and flexible labs that could accommodate different types of tests and experiments. The project also provided centralized utilities and workplace spaces that supported multiple uses and functions.

The project met the client’s needs and expectations by creating a state-of-the-art facility that could provide timely and accurate poultry diagnostic testing. The project also met the Minnesota B3 guidelines and target business group goals set by the University of Minnesota, which aimed to promote sustainability, energy efficiency, and cost-effectiveness in building design and operation.

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