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GHIDR Insectary Suite
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USF GHIDR Insectary Suite
Tampa, Florida
The University of South Florida College of Public Health Global Health Infectious Disease Research Program (GHIDR) and The Center for Biological Defense (CBD) are quickly becoming the national hub for the study of new and emerging global infectious diseases.  The program is attracting many world-class researchers.

Gresham, Smith and Partners was selected as the lead designer and trusted advisor for over 15,000-SF laboratory research suites for GHIDR and CBD including BSL-2 laboratories, and ABSL-3 animal facilities.  It also contains a new state-of-the-art 1,500 SF Insectary where scientists study emerging and re-emerging vector-borne global infectious diseases such as malaria, Eastern equine encephalitis, West Nile virus, filariasis, and leishmaniasis.


ARCHITECT: Jeff Talka, AIA, Gresham, Smith & Partners.
CLIENT: University of South Florida College of Public Health.
LOCATION: Tampa, Florida.
ENGINEER: Affiliated Engineers, Inc.
CONTRACTOR: Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
TYPE: Research Laboratory.
SCOPE: Tenant Improvement.

CBD RENOVATION: 5,000-SF



PROJECT COORDINATOR: Schematic design; Design development; Mechanical, electrical, plumbing engineering coordination; Construction documentation; Construction observation.
CAD: Bentley Microstation.
"Kill Zone" Workroom with freezers and glass washer beyond.  Environmental Chamber is shown on the left.
All openings are sealed and gasketed to maintain designed air pressure.
The Central Environmental Chamber is a custom, stand-alone unit capable of maintaining
a constant temperature of 80-degrees Fahrenheit and 75% relative humidity.
Arthropod Containment Level 2 (ACL-2) - Insectary Suite.
Animal Biosafety Level 1 (ABSL-1) workroom with vented cages and biosafety cabinet.
Workroom with biosafety cabinet (foreground) and fume hood (background).