CSU Equine Reproduction Laboratory

Colorado State University

Fort Collins, Colorado

The new $4.5-million Equine Reproduction Laboratory (ERL) located at Colorado State University’s Foothills Campus was built to replace the original facility that was destroyed by fire in July of 2011. The ERL is recognized world-wide for its innovative science which helps develop new technologies to improve techniques used in human and animal reproduction and to preserve equine bloodlines. At 12,200 SF, the state-of-the-art laboratory is more than twice the size of the previous facility and was designed to restore the functionality of the original ERL while adding features necessary to serve clients and researchers in the academic, scientific, and equine communities.

The RMH Group provided mechanical engineering for the ERL which includes approximately 7,000 SF of laboratories, clinical spaces, horse examination rooms, offices, and meeting rooms. One of the critical areas of the facility is a microbiology lab which requires tight environmental tolerances to assure test accuracy. RMH designed special mechanical systems for this lab that maintains temperatures at 85°F within a tolerance of +/-2°F.