Science & TechnologyConnecticut Department of Public Health Laboratory

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Located on the highest elevation on the 22-acre site, the Public Health Laboratory maximizes the opportunity for impressive views. Existing wooded areas and wetlands were preserved during construction to maintain the natural balance of the location. By matching the predevelopment runoff patters, the wetland is neither over-burdened nor deprived of storm water runoff. The design utilizes visually open areas, separating the offices, corridors, and labs with glass walls - allowing clear access to views, not only from offices to labs, but throughout the entire floor. The fully paned walls allow extensive access to daylight for the entire staff, and the visual openness allows the staff to enjoy the exceptional north and south views no matter where they are located within the facility.

A cohesive public health community

The young woman with a fever and mosquito bites – she may have the West Nile virus. The little boy playing with a stray dog who got a nip on the hand – he may have rabies. The family living in a beloved historic house – their toddlers might have lead poisoning.

Having a state-of-the-art laboratory to perform these tests is good for the public health of the state of Connecticut. But for the health of these people, it's crucial.

Fortunately for the state, their new 110,000-square-foot laboratory is outfitted for both environmental and occupational chemistry. In addition to testing diseases and acting as a reference point for healthcare providers, the state lab can also function as a rapid-response bio-terrorism laboratory. Molecular diagnostics can be expanded to other infectious disease areas such as virology and reference bacteriology, and new services will be offered for diagnostic and preventative health care for chronic diseases.

Location: Rocky Hill, Connecticut