Creating a Scientific Workplace

Jenkins-Waggoner Laboratory, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

Tick management, mosquito surveillance, plant disease, and bed bugs are just a few of the areas of research that take place in the Jenkins-Waggoner Laboratory. In addition to research, the scientists working within the lab also conduct programs to educate the public and to transfer new findings to people trying to solve agricultural, public health and environmental problems.

Built on the campus of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES), the country’s oldest research and testing facility, the three-story, 17,900-SF Jenkins-Waggoner Laboratory receives thousands of state residents annually for diagnostic and ID services.

A Registered National Historic Landmark, the facility had not been significantly upgraded or expanded since it was constructed in 1936. The main objective of this project was to provide a modern research laboratory environment that supports current CAES needs while preserving the historic character of the original building. The project also created a two-story, 11,000-SF modern addition.

Other project goals include:

  • Maximizing utilization of existing facilities
  • Developing community spaces for public and group activities
  • Creating a new public image of the CAES
  • Reinforcing historic significance of the departments and
    State agency
  • Providing flexible spaces to provide for future needs
  • Preserving existing books and collections
  • Improving public access
  • Lowering operating and maintenance costs
  • Achieving minimum LEED Silver Certification


Flad Architects

Size / Cost

27,000 SF / $10 million


electrical, fire protection, mechanical, plumbing, structural