ONLY FACILITY IN WORLD TO HOUSE BIOSAFETY LEVEL II LAB & USDA CERTIFIED MEAT PROCESSING PLANT

UW-Madison invested more than $50 million into a new, 67,450 sqft, highly specialized facility for meat production, microbiological safety and biologics. It is fully equipped to process meat from live animal to ready-to-eat products, all within a single building.

The laboratory will facilitate the development of modern meat processing and researching through the inclusion of lab general-purpose benches for biochemical, chemical and microbial studies, as well as more specialized rooms for microscopy, tissue culture, instrumentation and cold experiments. It features a lecture demonstration suite, Biosafety Level 2 (BSL2) laboratory suite, teaching and research laboratories, faculty offices and support spaces.

A BSL2 facility has never been under the same roof as a USDA processing plant. This was an essential feature because it keeps the research tied directly to the production methods and challenges. There needed to be complete separation between the two areas to prevent pathogens from passing from one to the other so an 8” concrete wall was constructed and was not penetrated by any system. All utilities and building systems were also separated, including a separate mechanical room and utility mains.