Animal Research

Lessons Learned from Past Animal Facility Projects Informed New Heart Institute at the University of South Florida

Best Design Concepts Optimize Efficiency and Provide Flexibility for the Future

Published 9-21-2022

The 14-story Heart Institute, completed in 2020 at the University of South Florida (USF), is the culmination of years of planning with an emphasis on integrating best practices from previous construction and renovation projects. The result is a “facilitative environment that provides for collaboration between researchers and research disciplines,” says Robert W. Engelman, associate vice president of research and innovation and professor of pediatrics, pathology, and cell biology at USF.

Animal Research Facilities 2023

October 5-6, 2023
Austin, TX

Tradeline’s 34th annual animal research conference details new capital project and renovation solutions, space types, facility features, equipment solutions, and LEAN operating models that are being put in place to improve program and facility flexibility, raise space utilization, increase capacity, reduce labor requirements, lower operating and labor costs, support highly specialized research, enhance room and microenvironmental data collection, and comply with regulatory and certification requirements.

Gut Renovation Future-Proofs AFRRI Vivarium

Bringing Mid-Century Modern up to 21st Century Standards

Published 7-20-2022

The need for more space to accommodate a daily backlog of unwashed cages sparked a $40 million gut renovation of the two-building animal research facility on the campus of the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute (AFRRI) in Bethesda, Md. When the conjoined structures reopen this fall, they will be fully equipped with up-to-date features that facilitate animal care compliance, promote employee satisfaction, and offer uber-flexibility.

Latest BMBL Edition Offers Enhanced Guidelines for Biosafety Facilities

Risk Assessment Added for New Pathogens and Animal Containment

Published 6-8-2022

The Sixth Edition of the Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) manual emphasizes the importance of risk assessment and management, communication among all stakeholders, comprehensive procedures to report accidents and exposures, and a new focus on biocontainment of pathogens affecting agricultural animals. First published in 1984, the BMBL still serves as the cornerstone of biosafety practices for the safe conduct of research throughout the world.