Seven years after Tropical Storm Irene destroyed the original facility — with some researchers losing their life’s work — it was an exciting moment when the new Vermont Agriculture & Environmental Laboratory (VAEL) recently opened its doors.
The 38,000 sf VAEL provides a wide range of services to the people of Vermont, protecting human and animal health, safeguarding environmental resources, and fostering commerce and economic development. This single laboratory will serve all environmental and agricultural needs in the state. Initially, the building will serve three administrators, seven chemists, three biologists, and seven independent labs and their staff. The building was programmed and designed to be highly flexible in order to accommodate multiple uses, program evolution and emergencies, as well as technological/mechanical advances.