TAMU Bird Center

Project Name

TAMU Bird Center

Square Footage:

13,900

Location:

Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

Category:

Institutional

About This Project

Having outgrown the existing aviary structure at the Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center, the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences hired Bryan-College Station architects, The Arkitex Studio, to design a new building to better meet their needs. Of primary concern in this project was preventing the spread of avian diseases. Other priorities included having adequate teaching space and creating a safe and comfortable environment for the birds that will call the center home.

The result is a 13,900-square-foot multipurpose facility divided into separate healthy and un-healthy wings with isolated ventilation systems. All bird-inhabited areas are naturally lit. The facility also includes a level-two biosafety lab (BSL2), quarantine and sick ward spaces as large classroom, and provision for future expansion. Architectural design of the three aviaries centered around natural ventilation capabilities which will allow the rooms to be open-air for most of the year, only using artificial heating and cooling to temper extreme weather or when an unhealthy flock requires isolation.