BRF Exterior

Biocontainment Research Facility

College Station, Texas
Global Good: Bold Aspirations for Health Science

When Texas A&M University determined that they had a critical need for a new facility, the expectations were big. The building would be conducting high consequence research on infectious agents and diseases in plants, animals, and humans. Not only did it need to provide space for these specialized research components, but also offer an unparalleled opportunity to expand their teaching, training, and outreach.

Our answer to this highly-technical need was a one of a kind campus that would house high-design containment facilities for research. Together, with Texas A&M University, we’re invested in educating and preparing the next generation of health and science professionals. After opening in 2019, students and faculty will have a new home that has risen to meet emerging public health challenges head on.

What it is
A modern, cutting-edge containment facility to study high consequence infectious agents and diseases.
These specialized lab facilities and research spaces have a distinct identity among the research community, which allow the University to expand their educational programs, research, and outreach.
Research Hub

Researchers here are dedicated to discovering innovative methods for monitoring, detecting, and preventing disease. The facility includes labs classified as BSL-2, ABSL-2, BSL-3, and BSL-3Ag which recognize A&M’s ability to educate and prepare the next generation of public, animal, environmental health and science professionals to meet these emerging public health challenges.

Curated, Complex and Cutting-Edge

As one of the nation’s largest agriculturally-focused universities, the components of the Texas A&M University System are in a unique position to tackle threats to humans and animals, and this premier facility helps them to do just that.

Public and private health protection is a critical national mission. Following the attacks on 9/11, the United States renewed its focus on the potential threat of biological warfare from rogue terrorist groups. The government set aside significant funding for new laboratories to develop diagnostics, perform analyses, and develop countermeasures for attacks. Many of the newest emerging zoonotic diseases, pathogens that can infect both human and animal species, required cutting edge BSL-3 and BSL-3 Ag spaces that could continue the mission.
training lab
Interactive training space is important to teaching the next generation of researchers how to safely enter and exit a lab, along with animal handling techniques and procedures. The mock BSL-3 and BSL-3Ag spaces are a unique learning opportunity that extend and expand undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level programs.

The lobby, office, and meeting rooms are focused toward the entry of the building, which allows for lots of natural lighting, visual connection, and an openness to opportunities within the space.

Project Team

Alex Clinton
Ed Cordes
Jason Chan