Global Animal Health Building, Phase II
The Allen Center is located within the College of Veterinary Medicine precinct at Washington State University (WSU) and is home to the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health. Phase I of the Allen Center, built primarily with donor funding, houses the basic research programs of the Allen School. The Global Animal Health Building Phase II (GAHBII) will house the global disease detection and surveillance programs of the Allen School and, most notably, the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL). Global health security, the protection from threats of health, is recognized as one of the most important non-traditional security threats around the globe. The partnering of Allen School and WADDL programs is a strategic priority since health security applies not only to human health but also to animal health; animals not only provide direct economic and nutritional sustenance for humans, but also serve as reservoirs for zoonotic and emerging diseases to humans. Risks of global interconnectedness together with constantly emerging organisms require a dramatic increase in health systems’ abilities to prevent, detect and respond to infectious disease threats throughout the world. A health threat anywhere can easily turn into a health threat everywhere. Improving health security risks posed by communicable diseases regionally and globally, and maximizing competitiveness for funding opportunities to address those needs while maintaining maximum biosafety and biosecurity of laboratory activities, requires modern, state of the art laboratory facilities.
WADDL is a state, regional, and national reference laboratory that provides animal disease detection in all species, promotes regional and international trade through “proof of negative” testing for animal industries, identifies diseases transmissible from animals to humans as a “first alert”, and keeps foods safe to eat for humans by providing food safety testing. As such, WADDL is a disease surveillance laboratory on the front line of our region’s and nation’s defense against emerging and foreign diseases and food-borne illness. At comparable facilities in other states, the lab is hosted within the state departments of agriculture. In Washington it is housed at WSU, where its related disease detection and surveillance programs are integral to the success of the Allen School and the College of Veterinary Medicine. Phase II will contain disease detection, research, and development laboratories and will serve as a teaching laboratory for educating veterinary (DVM), post-DVM and other health professionals, undergraduate and graduate students, and international trainees as a part of the Allen School and the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology education programs.
WADDL is the only animal health diagnostic laboratory in Washington state officially sanctioned and funded to provide comprehensive animal, food, and environmental surveillance for diseases such as influenza, tuberculosis, West Nile encephalitis, BSE (Mad Cow Disease), and foot-and-mouth disease. As such, WADDL is a critical resource for other state and federal agencies, including the Washington state departments of agriculture and health. The programs are integral to achieving the goals of the state of Washington – Results Washington, in protecting its citizens against disease threats – “Healthy and Safe Communities” , and economic impacts of diseases of animals - “Prosperous Economy” . The project will help educate more students in the associated fields (STEM and high employment demand) and ensure continued accreditation essential for maintaining programs supporting disease surveillance, global health, and global agricultural markets.
A new disease detection and surveillance facility is necessary not only to fulfill the originally intended mission of the Allen School, but also for WADDL to increase capacity for testing volume, meet the needs for complexity of modern testing platforms, and fulfill quality assurance compliance required for global disease surveillance. In order to maintain the laboratory accreditation required for laboratory testing at the state, national and international level, WADDL must correct facility deficiencies identified by external laboratory accrediting bodies. Since occupying the Bustad Hall laboratories in 1978, WADDL has grown into one of the premier animal disease diagnostic laboratories in the nation. WADDL participation in national surveillance networks for foreign animal diseases and biological threat agents is at risk. Laboratory operations greatly exceed the functional and safe operating capacity of the current 38-year-old Bustad Hall. Facilities are overcrowded and are not designed for modern laboratory practices, including sample security and workflow, biosafety (occupational health), and biosecurity (animal, public and environmental health). As a result, the body that accredits the laboratory recommended a new facility during review periods in 2005, 2010, and 2015.
WSU’s efforts to secure pre-design funding and seek design funding have demonstrated sufficient progress to maintain accreditation to date. However, the University was unable to secure state funds for design to demonstrate sufficient progress for maintaining accreditation. As a result, WSU decided to self-fund $1.9 million for design activities in the 2015-17 biennium in order to show progress for the reaccreditation site visit in 2015, which was successful. The university also reduced the size and cost of the project and adopted a construction strategy to demonstrate meaningful progress by the next review cycle in 2020. Construction would occur in two stages. Construction funding is requested in the 2017-19 biennial budget for completion of fully functional, mission critical WADDL testing laboratories. Plans include requesting subsequent funding in the 2019-21 budget for full completion of a modern, biosecure autopsy suite.. Not only would this construction make strides to address ongoing accreditation concerns, the expansion would help to open up valuable instructional space in the existing facilities vacated by WADDL and closer to the core of campus.
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