In support of USDA’s Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) program which explores scientific frontiers, develops new approaches for plant protection and makes advancements to safeguard American agricultural and natural resources, HERA performed a Program of Requirements and Agency Specific Requirements for a new west coast center for Plant Health Science and Technology.
The new 68,000-sf building houses 19,309-sf of BSL-2 agriculture and insect laboratories, a 5,059-sf ACL-2 (Arthropod Containment Lab), 3,332-sf Standard and ACL-2 greenhouses, 10,000-sf of exterior lab support structures and one-acre research plot development. The center supports the following pest management and safe trade groups within USDA: Integrated Pest Management; Phytosanitary Treatment and Risk Management; Diagnostics; and Pest Risk and Quantitative Analysis Support; as well as cross-collaboration efforts with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and local universities.
This laboratory has a regional focus by addressing important gaps in scientific support for west coast plant health issues, and the tools and technology developed at the lab have national and international applications. Additionally, this cross-functional research facility will be instrumental in providing scientific analyses, plant pest management support and expertise as well as mitigation tools to facilitate the safe import, export and domestic production of specialty crops.
68,000 gross square feet