Fort Collins, Colorado | Higher Education

Colorado State University James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital

$39.9 M | 102,715 SF

Cator, Ruma & Associates provided mechanical, electrical, and technology consulting services for CSU’s Diagnostic Medicine Center at the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH). The new three-story building is 102,715 square feet and houses offices (north), laboratories (south), separated by an attractive atrium, with a large animal necropsy to support the VTH.

  • (BSL-2, BSL-3, large animal facility to support the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital)




Laboratories primarily include Biological Safety Level 2 (BSL-2) research; however, there is a BSL-3 Suite to study tissue samples and determine if further Level 3 research is needed.  A separate high-bay portion of the building is dedicated to large animal necropsy.  This area of the building uses a crane rail system to move whole animals through the area for dissection and disposal through a tissue digester.  

A sample trimming room consisting of tissue trimming stations is used to further dissect the animals into smaller samples that are sent to the laboratories for study.

Engineering Innovations:

  • A state-of-the-art ventilation system was provided for the Necropsy Department to mitigate odors to the VTH and the community. This was determined and optimized by a wind tunnel study.
  • Water conservation measures were employed by using the campus chilled water system instead of domestic water for equipment cooling.

A mechanical smoke control system was designed to evacuate smoke in the event of a fire in the atrium.  

The system was designed to operate without compromising the safety of the adjacent labs and BSL-3 suite. Fire modeling software was used to simulate the smoke control system.

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