Department of Homeland Security
Plum Island Animal Disease Center
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is tasked with securing the nations from internal and external threats. With missions involving anti-terrorism, border security, immigration and customs, cybersecurity, and disaster prevention and management and a team of more than 240,000 in jobs that range from aviation and border patrol to emergency response, its duties and needs are diverse.
Our client needed a Biosafety Level (BSL) -3 laboratory at their Plum Island Animal Disease Center to sort unknown biological materials containing high-risk pathogenic agents in order to protect staff members and prevent the potential spread of infectious agencts. They had space in an existing BSL-2 lab that could be converted.
We modified the existing BSL-2 laboratory to include a new Class III Biological Safety Cabinet system, complete with a Class III IsoGard Model 14 glove box upgraded to meet BSL-3 standards. We also ensured all of the associated mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems met BSL-3 design criteria.
The DHS Plum Island Animal Disease Center renovations allow the Animal Plant Health Inspection Services, Veterinary Services, and Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostics lab to ensure high-risk pathogens are contained appropriately.