International Conference on
Veterinary Science

August 28-30, 2023 | Online Event
VET 2023

Colin Sakinofsky

Colin Sakinofsky, Speaker at Animal Science Conferences
L2D Architects, Australia
Title : Designing Australia’s National Post Entry Quarantine Facility


It’s not every day that an architect has the opportunity to design the Australian National Post Entry Quarantine (PEQ) facility. And in your own back yard. 

In all our years as Specialists in Research Design, namely Laboratories, Biomedical, Pharmaceutical, Bioresources containment greenhouse design, the PEQ was one project opportunity not to be missed. This was very special and close to our hearts and to work on preserving life for companion animals (and others) as they transition into a meaningful life into Australia.  
We are talking RED for Animals, and GREEN for Plants. 
But curiously, the same site was developed for Victoria’s Covid human quarantine – which will be illustrated as well.

The scale of operation in a single site was unprecedented in Australia (possibly internationally as well) and in fact was quite unimaginable before it was completed. 
“Hotel” accommodation for:
400 cats
600 dogs
120 horses
60 alpacas – or other ruminants
Avian for racing pigeons, chickens and turkeys (BC3)
Bees (BC2) - particularly relevant as Australia was Varroa mite free at that time – currently under alert managing sentinel positive conditions in New South Wales.
And of course, all the plant (green stuff) coming into Australia – BC1, 2 & 3) 
This presentation will outline the following:
The Government objectives – the why
Our approach - where to start;
Setting out the site plan;
Identification of species specific responses to biosecurity concerns;
Biosecurity seclusion zones;
Operational workflows for large volume animals;
Identify the key design parameters; 
Species by species housing design and studies supporting the design approach; 
Collaborative engagement with the veterinarians/operators;
Our principle challenges; 
The presentation will conclude with what makes our day job so rewarding and how the PEQ has impacted on our thinking and internationally on the design of quarantine facilities for animals and plants.(296 words).

 Audience Take Away:

Explain how the audience will be able to use what they learn?
A unique approach to quarantine – noting that Australia is an island remotely located to the southeast and offers quite different strategies than say Europe Asia or the Americas.  There is no other similar example internationally

How will this help the audience in their job?
Broad lessons and ideas that relate to a diverse species of animals and how to address effective quarantine

Is this research that other faculty could use to expand their research or teaching?
Participants will be able to consider their own veterinary practice and operations with a focus on biosecurity and quarantine.  It was evolutionary in terms of the regulatory environment as we were defining new quarantine/biosecurity regulations during the design process.

Does this provide a practical solution to a problem that could simplify or make a designer’s job more efficient?
In essence it offers a guide to the practicalities of large volume animal care and with cost effective responses to design decision making.

Will it improve the accuracy of a design, or provide new information to assist in a design problem?
We consider this PEQ facility to be an international benchmark, addressing design layout, engineering and controls leading to effective operational outcomes

List all other benefits.
We will talk to the investigations and other benchmarks we used to define our design


Colin Sakinofsky is an architect and specialist laboratory planner dedicated to the delivery of Research-based architecture and engineering solutions.He is based in Melbourne Australia has been a leading contributor to many landmark-building projects in Australasia, with extensive knowledge in Research building and design for most laboratory types and function.  Colin is passionate about animal/bioresource design and has special expertise in the design of animal facilities from rodents to large ruminants at all levels of biological containment, as well as plant research and glasshouse construction.He was previously the Director for Research at S2F, then SKM and Jacobs International