The Veterans Administration Connecting Corridor Building and Animal Research Facility, Boise, Idaho
While designed to fit unobtrusively into the VA campus and integrate functionally with existing facilities, the Connecting Corridor Building and Animal Research Facility were designed to read as one building while in actuality servicing separate functions and being divided by a common wall. The Connecting Corridor Building continues the long facade of various multi-storied brick buildings that face the ground’s main lawn and pedestrian walkway. The serene and pleasantly subdued exterior facade of the Animal Research Facility building belies the highly technical nature of its function.
The 9,403 sq. ft. Connection Corridor Building’s offices, photo development rooms and medical specific task rooms are arranged in a cluster off the connecting corridor axis. The laboratories of the Animal Research Facility are arranged according to various research functions: necropsy, analytical, chronic, inhalation, occupational and preparation. Careful consideration in design was given to circulation of laboratory staff, animal subjects, sterile materials, wastes and the supply systems necessary for this sophisticated medical facility.
The project included limited remodeling and renovation of adjacent buildings to accommodate the functions of the Animal Research Facility. The Corridor Connector Building was under the jurisdiction of the Idaho State Historical Society and designs were reviewed for compatibility with existing historic structures. Given the highly technical program and functional analysis to establish design perimeters in accordance with government regulations required by the EPA, FDA, USDA, OSHA, etc.