Case Study

Auburn University

State Diagnostic Laboratory

MEPFP Design/Laboratory

Auburn University was founded in 1859 as a small, private liberal arts school that admitted only men. Today with nearly 25,000 students enrolled, it is one of the largest universities in Alabama—a coed, comprehensive land-, sea-, and space-grant institution with over 140 formal undergraduate majors and a vibrant, nationally-renowned sports team. Some of the school’s notable alumni include the acclaimed college football coach Vince Dooley and NASA astronaut Kathryn Thornton, the second American woman to walk in space.

This project involved the university’s State Diagnostic Laboratory, a building housing a variety of labs including those designated for Bacteriology, Mycology, Clinical Pathology, Hemostasis, Histopathology, Molecular Diagnostics, Necropsy, Parasitology, Pythium Serology, Mucormycosis Serology, and Serology-Virology, as well as a biosafety lab. Salas O’Brien’s extensive engineering experience in both the education market and the healthcare industry made the firm the perfect choice for this complex project.

The Salas O’Brien team performed mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering services for this over 50,000-square-foot structure, and the firm’s work ensured safe, efficient laboratory environments for students’ and researchers’ ongoing work.


Auburn, Alabama

Construction Cost:

Project Size:
50,050 Square Feet

Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Engineering as well as Fire Protection