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New Mexico Department of Health

Scientific Laboratory Building

The Scientific Laboratory is New Mexico’s sole public health, environmental and drug laboratory for the state. It conducts tests for infectious diseases threatening people, livestock and wildlife, as well as for hazardous materials and pollutants in water, air and milk. It also tests for alcohol and drugs in criminal and autopsy cases. The Department of Health Scientific Laboratory Division shares occupancy with the Office of the Medical Investigator and the Department of Agriculture Veterinary Diagnostics Services.

The unique facility features three BSL-3 laboratory suites (one for each of the state agencies) totaling 20,000 square feet. The largest is occupied by OMI and is believed to be the largest contiguous BSL-3 suite in the nation and one of the largest in the world.

Located adjacent to the University of New Mexico campus, the five-story building also incorporates training space for staff, forensic pathology fellows and law-enforcement personnel.

Public and receiving functions are on the lower two levels and contain administrative, office and lab spaces. The project also includes extensive specialty laboratory equipment and related services such as high-performance fume hoods, laboratory casework, overhead service carriers, controlled-environment rooms, small/medium/ bulk sterilizers, morgue and autopsy equipment, evidence drying cabinets and a carcass-processing system.


Albuquerque, New Mexico


196,000 GSF


Programming, conceptual planning and schematic design


Targeting LEED Silver


Studio Southwest Architects

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