Oklahoma Department of Agriculture
Miles Associates provided full architectural services for the addition to the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food + Forestry. The facility houses all of the Laboratory Services Division as well as the Metrology Lab for the Bureau of Standards. The three-story structure, located in the state capitol complex, contains a variety of laboratory types including chemistry, serology, dairy, and BSL3 spaces.
The Metrology Laboratory is one of a handful of facilities throughout the country which is certified by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and accredited as a calibration laboratory by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP). The design of the Metrology Lab required special consideration in order to mitigate air turbulence and vibration throughout the lab, which allows the Bureau to provide accurate traceable standards to both legal and private metrology clientele. In addition, environmentally sensitive equipment used to measure calibration weights to an accuracy of less than 0.1 micrograms are utilized to ensure compliance with state and federal laws.
The laboratory service space is divided into several divisions including Animal Health, Feed, Fertilizer & Lime, Food & Dairy, Pesticide, Quality Assurance, Seed, and Water & Inorganics. Within these laboratories, state researchers conduct testing on division-related samples in order to assure quality of agricultural products, to ensure consumer protection and regulatory compliance, and to diagnose animal diseases.