Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center

University of Kentucky

Project Description: The Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center -- now called the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory -- is operated by the University of Kentucky and protects the state’s livestock industry, including the thoroughbred horse industry. This project, which was extremely important to meet various environmental issues, involved a 29,000 square-foot necropsy/laboratory wing and renovation of 38,000 square feet of existing space, mostly laboratories. Congleton-Hacker was engaged late in the design process, which had been under way for a lengthy period of time because of funding issues. Our cost opinion showed the design was significantly over-budget, which put the schedule and the project itself at risk. We devised a list of value-engineering considerations for university officials and the design team, which led to a revised plan that maintained program quality so doctors and scientists could fulfill their industry-critical mission.
Firm Role: As the construction manager, we provided preconstruction services including value engineering.
Owner Contact:
Dr. Craig Carter
Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory