The Lauridsen Group Inc. Lab and Office Building

Project Information

  • Owner

    Lauridsen Group, Inc.

  • Location

    Ankeny, IA

  • Architect


  • General Contractor

    Graham Construction Company

  • Engineer

    Baker Group

  • Square Footage


  • Baker Group Scope

    Mechanical Cost - $2,500,000

  • Year Completed


This project was built to lease to Pioneer Hi-Bred International as a laboratory and office space. Approximately 50% of the building is open floor plan office, with the remaining 50% of the building designed for research activities.

Baker Group designed and installed the complete plumbing, HVAC, controls, and laboratory systems. This included the standard systems for the office space, and a high outside air delivery lab HVAC system, with heat recovery. DI/RO water systems, lab vacuum, walk-in cooler and freezer storage, and fume and BSL hood exhaust systems, and miscellaneous specialty exhaust systems.

Baker Group utilized a wireless alarm system for critical freezers and coolers in lieu of hard wiring, so as equipment is moved around in the space no additional cost is incurred for the relocation.

During construction of this project, Baker Group successfully handled several challenges including construction delays caused by the summer floods of 2008 and constructing the project as two projects – Shell and Core for Lauridsen Group, and TI for Pioneer.  Baker Group also successfully coordinated installation of six (6) growth chambers furnished by Pioneer with the building HVAC and mechanical equipment.

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