CANCO awarded UI State Hygienic Lab expansion project

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1 year, 9 months ago

Carl A. Nelson & Company (CANCO) was selected Feb. 15, 2022, as Construction Manager at-Risk for construction of a new Level 3 biosecurity laboratory and support spaces for the State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa, on its Oakdale Campus in Coralville, Iowa. The award was made at the conclusion of a two-phase, qualifications-based selection process. Following the initial submission of qualifications, CANCO was chosen as one of three firms to submit proposals and participate in interviews with UI facilities staff, user groups and consultants. 

With an overall estimated project cost of $9.2 million, and construction cost estimated at $6.72 million, the project includes a 3,000 SF BSL-3 laboratory, and an additional 2,500 SF of support space. Construction is projected to begin in April, with completion expected in July 2023.

The new facility marks CANCO's third major laboratory project at the University of Iowa. Previous projects include design-build construction of UI's Biomedical Research Support Facility, also on the Oakdale Campus. Working in the role of general contractor, CANCO also completed a complex vivarium fit-out and lab remodeling project in a subbasement of the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building on the main campus in Iowa City. 

Both projects supported medical research activities for the University of Iowa, and included extensive use of BIM 3-D modeling and prefabrication of building components mechanical systems.

To learn more about the upcoming State Hygienic Lab project, read this January 2022 article from The Daily Iowan.