Animal Research

  • Georgia State University Plans Global Infectious Diseases Research Facility

    4-1-2020

    Georgia State University is planning to construct an $84 million research building in Atlanta for the study of global infectious diseases.

  • Vivarium Embarks on Lean Journey

    4-1-2020

    Roughly a year and a half into a major Lean initiative, the vivarium at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has reduced its operating budget by at least 25 percent, cut overtime by more than 60 percent, and closed a 15,000-sf satellite, moving all employees into the original facility. Still a work in progress, the streamlining effort is applying a blend of Lean concepts and holistic, out-of-the-box thinking, with careful attention to both the hard and soft side of operations. Among the efficiencies instituted are a revamped cagewash schedule, staff trained in basic colony management, and the redesign of animal holding rooms so that PIs and husbandry personnel can comfortably work in the same space simultaneously.

  • The Ohio State University Plans Interdisciplinary Research Facility

    3-11-2020

    The Ohio State University will begin construction in summer of 2020 on the $237.5 million Interdisciplinary Research Facility in Columbus.

  • Neuroscience Research Facilities Blend Individual Research Hubs and Novel Interdisciplinary Spaces

    3-4-2020

    Research into the causes of and potential treatments for neurodegenerative diseases has always been inherently multidisciplinary, combining basic sciences with numerous medical specialties. At the same time, neuroscience research requires a variety of targeted specialized spaces. Facilities that support that research, therefore, must be designed to accommodate both the interdisciplinary and the specialized. “As we approach these projects, we need to have a completely open mindset and expect the unexpected,” says Alex Munoz, SmithGroup princpal and senior lab planner. “The facilities must be designed with flexible standards that are both highly specialized for current research and capable of being relevant in the future.”

  • 10 Critical Vivarium Design Considerations

    2-12-2020

    The growing complexity of research has heightened vivarium design requirements, making it imperative that facility operators and users work closely with the architect and engineers in the early planning stages of construction and renovation projects. Resolving these 10 recurring issues up front can help avoid problems down the road.

  • Oklahoma State University Constructs Animal and Agricultural Science Facilities

    2-3-2020

    Oklahoma State University is planning to break ground in spring of 2021 on a $100 million facility for the College of Agriculture in Stillwater.

  • Emerging Diseases in Animal and Public Health Drive South Dakota Facility Design

    1-15-2020

    An “onion skin” layout of lab adjacencies and biocontainment strategies derived from a thorough risk assessment process are highlights of the new construction for the South Dakota Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (ADRDL) in Brookings, S.D. The new 84,000-gsf (41,000-nsf) building, an addition to the original facility, will provide space to accommodate the burgeoning demand for molecular diagnostics while bringing activities on both sides of the ADRDL mission—research and diagnostics—under one roof.

  • The Ohio State University Plans West Campus Research Facilities

    12-12-2019

    The Ohio State University is planning to construct two collocated research facilities in its West Campus innovation district in Columbus. Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli and Moody Nolan, the 305,000-sf Interdisciplinary Research Facility will prov

  • Stanford University Opens ChEM-H and Neurosciences Complex

    11-29-2019

    Stanford University opened a $256 million biomedical research complex in November of 2019 in Stanford, Calif.

  • Yale University Opens Science Building

    11-11-2019

    Yale University opened the $283 million Yale Science Building in October of 2019 in New Haven, Conn.