Allen Center


Allen Center

Global Animal Health Building

Image of Allen Center on hill above veterinary teaching hospital
Phase One

Construction continues on the Paul G. Allen Center for Global Animal Health Research Building thanks to two of the largest private commitments in Washington State University history from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation & Paul G. Allen. The $25 million grant, coupled with the matching funds supplied by Paul G. Allen, has enabled the construction of this flagship research facility which will provide a center for enhancing the University's multidisciplinary strengths in discovery, developmental, and implementation science in animal health. This first construction phase is a transformational step towards meeting our global vision of improving public health and catalyzing human opportunity.

The 62,000-square-foot facility will house over 100 research scientists and graduate students, state-of-the-art research and diagnostic laboratories, and will be constructed to exacting LEED environmental standards. The building is scheduled for completion in May of 2012 with occupancy taking place in the Summer.

Key features of the facility:

  • Approximately 62,000 square feet of laboratories, office space and meeting rooms for 15-18 lead research scientists and their support staff and graduate students.
  • A state-of-the-art infectious disease research facility that has been designed and equipped to meet today’s standards for investigating emerging diseases.
  • Constructed to exacting LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards to minimize environmental impact.

Long-term plans

In addition to the main research building, the capital plan includes development of high-level biosecurity laboratory space for surveillance and test development for diseases such as avian flu and BSE.