Life Sciences Research Facility

Newark, DE

BKM provided m/e/p design services for this multidisciplinary 15,000-square-foot, two-story animal research facility and laboratory constructed adjacent to the existing McKinley Lab, which houses most of the animal spaces for the University of Delaware.

While the original program called for a phased and occupied renovation of McKinley, BKM was able to demonstrate that a new, purpose-built facility could be developed quicker and less expensively than the proposed renovation. This facility was designed to replace the existing out-dated and undersized facility housed in nearby Wolf Hall and supports UD’s ability to generate funding for several departments’ research efforts, including the Biology, Psychology, and Engineering Departments.
Design considerations included BSL-2 labs, wet labs, and vivariums. The space contains housing for several rodent species and can accomodate housing for double the population of the existing animal facility. It also contains multi-purpose research space, surgery and procedure rooms, necropsy room, cage washing and sterilization facilities, and a BSL-2 infectious suite as well as offices.

Project Details

  • Client University of Delaware
  • Size 15,000 SF
  • Cost $13 M
  • Architect Design Collective, Inc.
  • Research Components BSL-2 Labs, Vivarium Space, Wet Labs

Sustainability Details

  • LEED Certified