1,600 people in 24 cities living 4 values for 1 goal:
To use design to help our clients succeed.

We create exceptional environments that meet our clients' most complex design challenges.

We inspire people through our work by expressing timeless cultural, organizational and personal values.

We connect people and place with ideas that come from many minds and imaginations.

We care about serving our clients, enriching lives, improving communities and protecting our natural environment through design.

We are a global architecture, design, engineering and planning firm.

60+ Years of Design + Innovation

A Major Modernization Program for the USDA

US Department of Agriculture National Centers for Animal Health
Consolidated Laboratory Facility

Ames, Iowa, USA

HOK designed secure replacement buildings for all USDA animal research and testing facilities in Ames, Iowa.

The multi-phased modernization combines programs and space requirements from the three main agencies: the National Veterinary Services Laboratory, the Center of Veterinary Biologics and the National Animal Disease Center.

The facility includes labs, office space and general administration, an auditorium, conference center, library and dining facility.

In addition to master planning, architecture, interior design and structural engineering services, HOK provided construction bridging services, including cost modeling, scheduling, logistics, constructability and delivery options.



LEED-NC certified


530,000 sq. ft. / 161,500 sq. m.


Construction Services
Interior Design
Master Planning
Structural Engineering


Reduction in potable water use


Building materials manufactured using recycled materials


Building materials regionally manufactured