University of Missouri Research Animal Diagnostic Laboratory

University of Missouri Research Animal Diagnostic Laboratory

The Clark Enersen Partners was part of a design-build team to provide design services for the new Research Animal Diagnostic Laboratory (RADIL).  The new 64,000 square-foot, one-story structure accommodates the RADIL program, which was originally located at the Veterinary Medicine Building on the MU campus.  

Research Animal Diagnostic Laboratory (RADIL) is one of the two largest research animal diagnostic laboratories in the United States and the largest in an academic institution. RADIL provides state-of-the-art diagnostics for research animals, conducts research in laboratory animal infectious diseases, and trains laboratory animal veterinarians and research scientists. 

Research interests of RADIL faculty focus on microbial pathogenesis, characterization of emerging pathogens, development of novel diagnostic techniques, and development of animal models for infectious diseases.  RADIL’s unique services (offered on a fee-basis) have provided a regular income, and offer many opportunities to spin-off and commercialize new technologies. 

The new facility is located on the northeast side of MU’s new research park - Discovery Ridge.  This area is being developed as a place where MU Science does business, thereby linking academics and business.  The new facility does contain leased space for compatible research companies.  It was completed in 2009 for a construction cost of $227.30 per square foot.