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SDSU Cow & Calf Unit

Civil Design Inc, was a key partner of a consulting team that included architects, mechanical & electrical engineers, structural engineers and animal handling & facility consultants; to research, propose and design a LEED Silver animal research facility. 

The final project encompasses approximately 160 acres with multiple facility layouts, interconnecting roadways, alleyways and parking lots to serve the individual building sites within the research facility. To be consistent with the LEED Silver design requirement, Vegetative Treatment Areas (VTA’s) were proposed to route runoff and animal waste through a series of vegetated ponds, to provide localized erosion protection and contaminant reduction, prior to being released off-site.

Civil Design Inc was responsible for producing the design of the site for Cow/Calf Unit for SDSU. The site design includes conceptual layouts for the new Cow/Calf facility on a bare field site near Brookings, SD. The site consists of a main building, a monoslope building, and a commodities storage building along with accommodations for outside commodities storage.  The main building is made up of a reception area, classroom, offices, a calving barn, a working area with a lab, and a wash down area. The monoslope building is used for housing and feeding the livestock.  A shop was also attached to the monoslope building. 

CDI was responsible for performing the Preliminary Topographic Survey, Site Design Alternatives, Sanitary Septic System Design, Vegetative Treatment Area Design, Plans and Specifications, Construction Administration, Construction Observation and Construction Staking. Construction began in 2014 and was completed in 2015.

Project Facts

South Dakota State University

Brookings, SD