Biocontainment drives design for new research facility

Campus Aas - a new veterinarian research and education hub - contains 35,000 m² laboratories and biosafety level vivariums based on NNE's design, architectural and HVAC work.

The project ambition and main design objective is to create a new veterinarian research hub in Norway. Campus Ås will house The Norwegian School of Veterinary Science, The Norwegian Veterinary Institute and Norwegian University of Life Sciences. The campus will include research and educational facilities in combination with an animal hospital and the Veterinary Institute Center for biopreparedness. The campus contains large areas that are classified for biocontainment with the highest classified areas as BSL3.

The project complexity and broad range of functions require a creative and interdisciplinary design approach, where flexibility and future-proof solutions go hand in hand. Furthermore, the facility requires that vivariums and animal handling areas are designed to the right level of biosecurity and with high bioethical standards.

A winning concept

NNE performed conceptual and basic design as well as engineering, procurement and construction management for the new campus. The project is designed in cooperation with Henning Larsen Architects (DK), Multiconsult (NO), ØKAW Arkitekter (NO), Hjellnes Consult (NO) and LINK landskap (NO). The consortium, “PG Campus Ås”, has been responsible for all architectural and engineering disciplines including user involvement. NNE has been responsible for architectural and HVAC engineering design of 35,000 m² of laboratories and biosafety level (BSL) classified vivariums. Furthermore, NNE has been responsible for biocontainment and biosafety in the project.

The project was won in competition with nine international teams. The project is currently in the construction phase.