Animal Research

Best Design Concepts for Multi-Use, Flexible, Scalable Rodent Vivariums

Adaptable Spaces Accommodate Multiple Functions

Published 1-4-2023

Creating an efficient, productive, and safe rodent vivarium of any size begins by determining the current and future needs of both the researchers and the animal care staff. Collecting data from users throughout the process of new construction or renovation ensures the design aligns with their research, equipment requirements, utility specifications, and animal care needs. 

Reducing Acquired Lab Animal Allergy with Vivarium Design and Engineering Controls

Mitigation Measures Include Analyzing Airflow, Automation, and Workspace Design

Published 10-19-2022

Minimizing the risk of lab animal allergy (LAA) is an increasingly important design and operational consideration in animal research facilities, since LAA has been identified as one of the most significant occupational health risks for personnel working with laboratory animals and in the lab animal environment. Personnel exposure to allergens can be effectively reduced with facility design and engineering controls, including differential air pressures, directional air flow, HEPA filtration, automation, traffic patterns, separation of personnel space from animal space, as well as optimal use of personal protection equipment (PPE).

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.