|With a proven track record of
excellence on three previous General
Services Administration developments
at Colorado State University, Keenan
Development structured financing
for, and designed and constructed
this 50,559-square-foot research
facility. Highly complex and secure,
the facility demonstrates Keenan
Developmentís ability to realize
value and efficiencies through the
design/build experience. The facility
features some of the most complex,
indoor, animal support systems
|Invasive species are animals and plants that
invade ecosystems beyond their historic range.
While some are benign, others can threaten
native ecosystems, as well as human activity.
Research is imperative to help reduce and
prevent their devastating effects.
The National Wildlife Research Centerís
(NWRC) Invasive Species Research Building
(ISRB) is a state-of-the-art, highly complex,
indoor, animal research facility that houses
invasive wildlife from around the world. It operates
24/7/365 to support a wide range of environments
recreated within the facility, ranging from
sub-tropical to arctic-like conditions.
The ISRB includes highly sensitive temperature,
lighting and air handling features, redundant systems,
and a host of emergency back-up systems.
Special care was given to designing a facility that
requires little maintenance. Noise reduction, as
well as escape and intrusion considerations and
features are apparent throughout the facility.
The ISRB also was designed to operate in collaboration with research conducted in existing,
|Keenan Development facilitated the design and
coordination process by maximizing communication
with the building users, as well as the
General Services Administration (GSA) and
NWRC. By involving client and user groups in
the design process, Keenan Development
integrated the specific user requirements into
the design from day one, allowing the project to
remain on schedule.
As with the past three GSA projects that Keenan
Development successfully completed at
Colorado State University, the ISRB will be
completed on time and within budget. Keenan
Development also provided continuity in experience
and leadership by assembling the same
team that led those projects. This allowed the
team to maximize the relationships built with
local design and construction firms, enabling
exceptional teamwork and communication
throughout the ISRB project.