The Bolivian National Service of Agricultural Health and Food Safety is planning to build a 201,076-sf research campus in Santa Cruz. Strengthening the country’s research and diagnosis capacity for veterinary, phytosanitary, and food safety challenges, the state-of-the-art complex will provide four laboratory buildings for animal health, plant health, food safety, and fruit fly research, as well as an administrative center. The campus will also include 3,135 sf of BSL-3 research space, a 1,820-sf vivarium and antigen production suite, a conference and training venue, a sterile fly egg production plant, a pesticide and fertilizer warehouse, and areas for future greenhouses. Featuring advanced solar and wind energy systems, the sustainably designed campus will accommodate structures with highly efficient building envelopes. Photovoltaic glass technologies will be incorporated into the north-facing façades to optimize energy performance.
Merrick & Company is providing master planning, architectural, civil and MEP engineering, and commissioning services for the project, which has an estimated construction cost of $73.2 million, including site utilities infrastructure. Completion is expected by October of 2022.