The Paul G. Allen Center for Global Animal Health
supports the Allen School's mission to provide solutions to global health challenges through research,
education, global outreach, and application of disease control at the animal-human interface.
The 62,000-square-foot, three-story flagship research building houses a state-of-the-art infectious disease research center for investigating emerging diseases throughout the world. There are two floors of Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) research laboratory space, and a 5,000-square-foot BSL-3 laboratory supporting disease research and surveillance functions. In the event of an outbreak, such as foot-and-mouth disease or avian influenza, WSU scientists can quickly dedicate an entire floor of the building to surveillance and suppression efforts. Scientists in the Allen School are developing innovative strategies for the treatment and control of infectious diseases that directly affect human health and opportunity, making WSU a leader in solving the global health challenge.
The Allen Center was made possible by a cornerstone gift by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the capstone gift by Paul G. Allen. Current plans include connecting a second research and surveillance facility to house the Washington Animal Disease and Diagnostic Laboratory.
The building was designed and constructed to LEED standards-designed to minimize energy and water use and harmonize with the beauty of the Palouse and the WSU campus. The lobby invites the public to learn about the mission of the Allen School and the glass walls in the research wing provide both natural light to the laboratory and allow visitors to see ongoing work. Three conference rooms provide spaces for learning on-site and for connecting across the globe while open spaces encourage direct interaction among the students, faculty, and staff.