USTAR Bio Innovations Center


Owner: Utah State University/USTAR/ DFCM
Architect: ajc Architects
Duration: November 2008 to November 2010
Project Value: $50,000,000
Project Delivery Method: Value Based CM/GC


The USTAR building is a new 110,000 SQFT laboratory research building located on the Innovation Campus of Utah State University, Logan, Utah. It is a three story steel structure with a mechanical penthouse. The steel structure is designed to limit vibrations; in some areas less than 500 microinches per second.

The building houses a human nutrition area with kitchen and dining areas. One building wing houses research laboratories and another building wing houses a 13,000 SQFT Vivarium and 5,000 SQFT of BSL3 (Bio Safety Lab – Level 3) enhanced suites where research with select agents will be conducted. The BSL3 suite is designed as an isolated zone from the Vivarium and the rest of the building. This area is intended to function as a “box within a box”, and will have strictly controlled access, individual room monitoring, and special security measures. The building has a number of safety features including redundant mechanical systems and backup power.

The building has four stair wells and four elevators. Exterior perforated metal panels provide a transparent skin for parts of the building. The building will have a commanding presence in the community and provide a significant addition to the University’s research capabilities.

The USTAR Building has achieved the LEED Gold certification under the USGBC system. In 2010 the project was recognized by the AGC of Utah with the “2010 AGC Building/Industrial Project of the Year”; and the “Best DFCM CM/GC Project of 2010”. This project also received the “Best Higher Education/Research” and the “Best Overall Project of the Year” from McGraw Hill’s ENR Mountain States 2011 Awards.



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