Client:Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
Location :Kissimmee, FL
Budget :$9,658,705
Architect :RS&H, Inc.
Completion :June 2019

FL Department of Ag. Bronson Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory

Ajax has been selected to expand the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Bronson Animal Diagnostic Laboratory in Central Florida.  This facility houses the Division of Animal Industry which is responsible for enforcing animal health regulations in Florida, as well as protecting the state from animal pests and diseases which could have major economic and public health consequences.

Ajax will construct a new office/laboratory facility on a forested site adjacent to the existing laboratory complex.  The new facility will include laboratory space for virology, bacteriology, serology, histology, IHC, clinical pathology, and lab equipment compatible with BSL-2 guidelines.  In addition, new utilities, parking, and storm water provisions will be included.  New covered walkways connecting the new building with the existing building will tie the two together.  Finally, the site is also being designed for a possible future expansion for emergency vehicle storage.

CURRENT STATUS (AS OF 4/5/19)

Throughout the month of March; installation of coping has been completed. 1st coat of paint throughout the building has been executed. Installation of exterior pole bases for site lighting has been completed. Installation of hollow metal doors is in progress as the glazing for the hollow metal doors will follow. Placement of ceiling grid has begun along the north side of the facility and installation of overhead MEP trim is underway. Installation of foot pedals for laboratory sinks has been executed; as the installation of the metal casework is ongoing. Installation of landscaping and irrigation is underway as the placement of sod is forthcoming. Installation of tile in the restroom areas is in progress.