University of Maine Cooperative Extension Diagnostic and Research Laboratory

Bringing mammal, agriculture, insect, plant and aquatic research under one roof.

Orono, ME
Delivery Method
CM at-Risk
University of Maine
Year Complete

Project Overview

This 24,000-square-foot plant, animal, insect and aquatic diagnostic laboratory brings together scientists under one roof to facilitate greater coordination and enhanced teaching opportunities for students. The facility support’s Maine’s agriculture, wildlife and public health and is the highest-level containment laboratory of any higher education institution in the state.

The facility houses biocontainment laboratory spaces to provide diagnostic testing and research for a wide range of potential plant, animal, insect and fish hazards – from well-characterized agents to non-human blood-borne pathogens. The facility is one of very few specialized containment aquaria facilities in the country, and the only with adjoining BSL-3 laboratories. It is also the only public resource for tick pathogen testing in Maine.

This renovation of an existing multi-use building houses a large animal necropsy area, biocontainment laboratories including a Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) laboratory, an insectary, and water production and effluent treatment rooms. Support space includes offices and conference and teaching areas.

The biocontainment and necropsy areas feature high-performance coatings on the floors, walls and ceilings. All laboratories are outfitted with biosafety cabinets and laboratory casework. The necropsy procedure area features a hydraulic lift table and a monorail crane capable of conveying animal carcasses up to 3,000 pounds. The biosafety lab is equipped with autoclave sterilizers and the biocontainment laboratory is a bio-controlled environment with a separate air handling system that eliminates the escape of pathogens.


Square-Foot Diagnostic and Research Facility


Biocontrolled Laboratory with Air Handling System


Pound Capacity Monorail Crane