Designer: Story Design, Ltd.
Project Size: 8,500 square feet
As a global leader in swine disease research and the development of innovative health products and diagnostic services to improve pork production, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) selected Story to serve as its design-build contractor for a cutting-edge livestock vaccine research facility in Sioux Center, Iowa. The 8,500-square-foot building was specially designed to ensure biosecurity, enhance sanitation and protect the health of the animals in the individual research suites.
The structure features wood frames and metal roofing, but is unique in that its interior surfaces consist of sealed or epoxy-coated concrete and seamless interlocking fiberglass panels. This enables the facility to be cleaned and sterilized after each experiment to prevent cross-contamination. Similarly, a sophisticated positive-pressure HVAC system and built-in trench drain system allows up to six experiments to run concurrently without the risk of contaminating the environment with airborne debris, bacteria or other microorganisms.