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University research containment - Biological Safety Level 3 Research Lab

Project phase: Planning/Design


  • Through its ongoing academic and capital planning efforts, the university has identified a need for additional Biological Safety Level-3 (BSL-3) research laboratory capacity.
  • The labs will support research of harmful pathogens that have emerged in recent years that affect both animals and humans, and are a cause for concern for the health of the nation and world.
  • MSU has had limited engagement in the study of these types of pathogens. However, recent faculty hires intentionally increase the university's ability to study these types of pathogens.
  • At present, MSU currently supports this research within two modular containment trailers, which are at capacity and reaching the end of their useful life.
  • To support the current growth of research in this area, additional BSL-3 capacity is needed.


  • Construction of a Biosafety Level-3 facility for select agent pathogen work for one researcher.
  • Design space for additional researchers, as existing trailers are at capacity.
  • Space will include the following general/shared elements:
    • Suite entry and gowning area with shower in/shower out area.
    • Shared autoclave location.
    • Shared animal holding room.
    • Three research labs.


  • The preliminary project cost estimate $1,500,000-$2,500,000. This estimate may change as the project and its scope are refined during the planning process.
  • The source of funds for the project is expected to be from the College of Veterinary Medicine, AgBioResearch, and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies and/or debt financing with debt repayment from the above referenced units.


  • Construction start: May 2019
  • Ready for use: March 2020



Construction Junction project update

February 2019