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United Vaccines New Facility

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Verona, Wisconsin

United Vaccines, a manufacturer of veterinary biologics, had outgrown their space and needed to expand at a new site. GBA explored various site layouts with the company so it could combine offices with a manufacturing plant, with room for further expansion later if needed.

GBA then developed a project plan, a preliminary budget and estimates for the relocation costs. GBA also provided detailed design including site development, core and shell, and tenant finish, utilizing precast building components to give the client an attractive solution that was faster and would require less maintenance over time.

United Vaccines’ new offices are housed within a two-story building that is attached to its 50,000-square foot manufacturing space, which includes Biosafety Level 2 and 3 laboratories, warehouse space, and shipping and receiving docks.

For GBA, one particularly rewarding aspect of the project was working with United Vaccines to create a new building that met very technical and specific manufacturing needs but also created an aesthetically pleasing space for the office interior and exterior.

Although the project consisted of two distinct spaces, some of the materials used on the exterior of the office building (glass, brick and metal) were continued to the production portion of the building, to visually tie the two areas together.

A staff member at United Vaccines who enjoyed interior design also served as an important point person for GBA’s architects in choosing the finishes, which ranged from more typical items such as chair fabrics and carpeting to the more unusual, including:

  • A large screen in one conference room “flies” in the center of a wall-sized whiteboard. United Vaccine staff wanted a screen and a whiteboard in the room, but only one wall was available for both.
  • GBA worked with a graphics designer to create a wall with phrases that United Vaccines staff compiled, adding a touch of inspiration to the space.

Project Elements

  • Manufacturing (BSL-2 and BSL-3)
  • Laboratories
  • Office
  • Warehouse

Process Design

  • USP water
  • High quality steam
  • Clean, dry, compressed air
  • Liquid nitrogen

Equipment Procurement

  • Equipment URS, specification and bid packages
  • Lyophilizer
  • Autoclave
  • BSL safety cabinets

Considerations for Live Virus

  • BSL-2 & BSL-3 Process Labs
  • Kill Tank
  • HVAC



United Vaccines, Inc.


50,000 square feet