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Public Health & Environmental Lab

(Designed in association with HDR Architecture)
SC Department of Health and Environmental Control   |   Columbia, South Carolina 

Check out the ABC 25 Columbia news segment covering the groundbreaking ceremony here!


The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is embarking on a crucial project to modernize and replace an existing 50-year-old laboratory. The laboratory serves as the sole facility for essential testing across various areas such as Clinical Microbiology, Foodborne Pathogens, and Newborn Screening, has become outdated and no longer meets the technological demands of modern-day laboratory practices.

The new 4-story laboratory will feature state-of-the-art technology, flexible design with open floor plans, and increased capacity to bolster the state's response to public health emergencies. It will accommodate the growing demand for testing services, support innovation in research and testing, and incorporate specialized laboratories for emerging contaminants and air quality monitoring. Committed to environmental sustainability, the facility will be designed to meet Green Globe certification requirements, ensuring energy efficiency and sustainability for long-term operations. This transformative project represents a strategic investment in South Carolina's public health infrastructure, strengthening the state's ability to safeguard the health and well-being of its residents for years to come.


Associate Architect & MEP Engineer: HDR 

Structural Engineer: MMSA, Inc. 

Civil Engineer: Hussey Gay Bell 

Roofing Consultant: WM Building Envelope Consultants, LLC

Sustainability & Commissioning Consultant: Whole Building Systems

Cost Estimator: Talevi and Haesche 

Construction Manager: Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

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