Iowa State University is planning to build a new Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) in Ames. Located on the campus of the College of Veterinary Medicine, the $75 million facility will provide leading-edge labs and testing suites to enable the prevention, detection, and mitigation of animal diseases including avian influenza, African Swine Fever, and porcine epidemic diarrhea virus. Housing 25 faculty and 130 technical staff, the two-story, 72,540-sf building will include research space for the discovery of new pathogens and the development of innovative diagnostic assays. The standalone structure will also accommodate training programs for the next generation of veterinarians and scientists in diagnostic medicine. The project will replace ISU's existing VDL, which is the only full-service and fully accredited veterinary diagnostic lab in Iowa. Groundbreaking is expected in fall of 2020 with completion slated for 2023.