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MSU to offer tours of renovated Cooley Lab

September 14, 2012 -- MSU News Service

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Tel: (406) 994-4571
BOZEMAN - The Department of Microbiology at Montana State University will be giving guided tours of the newly renovated Cooley Laboratory from 1--5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28.

Over the past two years, crews have completely gutted the 52-year-old laboratory, transforming it into a state-of-the-art biomedical facility for research teams from the departments of microbiology, immunology and infectious diseases, and cell biology and neuroscience.

Built in 1960 with approximately 30,000 square feet on five floors, Cooley Laboratory is now 45,000 square feet over six floors.

Improvements include: New windows; seismic upgrades to exterior walls, stairwells, floors and beams; a new elevator; new mechanical and electrical systems (with the addition of a mechanical floor under the fully enclosed new pitched roof); new fume hoods and bio-safety cabinets; casework and countertops, as well as modular benches in the labs; an array of special-function labs and support rooms that will include centralized glass washing and sterilization/decontamination, shared equipment labs, tissue/cell culture labs and shared cold rooms; and solar heating collection panel sun-shading devices on the building's south exterior; and making the building ADA accessible.

The work, most of which was paid for under a $14.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, is set to be completed this month. Researchers will begin establishing their labs in the building in October.

The guided tours will start at the building's west entrance.

Free parking will be available in the "greenhouse lot" off of 11th at Deer Street near the Plant Biosciences building, as well as the Antelope lot off of College Street west of 11th Avenue. A map of the MSU campus is available online at

For more information, contact the Department of Microbiology at 994-2902 or