The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, with divisions around the country, including the Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases (DVBID) in Fort Collins, Colorado. Focused on research and diagnostic support related to viral and bacterial diseases transmitted by ticks, mosquitoes, and fleas, the laboratory receives samples from around the world. The campus is designed, built, and maintained with specialized measures that provide biological safety internally and externally.
This project focused on Building 401, a laboratory building originally designed to have 100% outside air and exhaust. As part of a build-out of approximately 14,000 square feet on the first and second floors, 360 provided a mechanical design that worked within the existing mechanical infrastructure to create office space from a shelled lab space. To maintain proper air pressure relationships between the new office area and adjacent laboratory spaces, the design used air-locks. Air balancing and coordination with the existing building automation system was required to open or close dampers based on operating modes (occupied, unoccupied, and emergency). The project also included two new bathroom groups.