The University of Chicago, Howard T. Ricketts Regional Biocontainment Laboratory

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The University of Chicago, Howard T. Ricketts Regional Biocontainment Laboratory (RBL) including the  interstitial floor is 48,100 square feet with 25,450 square feet of research and programming space. The lab is one of eight original RBL's funded by the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and  includes office space, bio-safety level-two (BSL2) labs, bio-safety-level-three (BSL3) labs, BSL2 and BSL3 animal holding and procedure rooms, plus building support facilities.

The building has structural masonry walls combined with structural steel columns and beams, on top of concrete footings. The design is slab on grade, with an interstitial service floor above the BSL-3 rooms, and self enclosed mechanical roof top units. The exterior is both face brick and corrugated metal wall panels. Due to the nature of the work to be performed in the labs, there is a high level of redundancy of each of its systems. Additionally, due the nature of the project and the location, site access requirements were very strict and all workers and contractors had to receive Department of Energy and Argonne National Laboratory clearance.

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