Atlanta-based HVAC construction contractor Bardi Mechanical wasn’t “chicken” to take on a project for the U.S. poultry industry.

The company is just about finished with what officials called one of its biggest and most complex projects in its 25 years. Bardi is completing its work at a new poultry laboratory in Georgia. Bardi was hired to install an HVAC system with hundreds of air valves, a 300-ton chiller and three large air handlers. When completed, the lab will be the largest such poultry facility in the U.S. and the third-largest in the world, officials said.

The project took about 30 Bardi workers a year to complete. The poultry lab is certified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a bio security level 3 facility, which means special HVAC market equipment had to be installed. The lab uses six large exhaust fans from Greenheck and two big high-efficiency particulate air filters.

Workers at the laboratory will monitor livestock for diseases and ensure the safety of the U.S. food chain.

 “This project presented a challenge we were skilled and experienced enough to meet head-on and address the specific needs for the facility,” said Bill Byrd, a senior project manager at Bardi. “We were commissioned to provide and install the equipment in a very unique and intricate system. We have worked alongside fantastic contractors and appreciate the opportunity to be part of this tremendous project that will benefit our state and the country.”