Animal Research

  • A Preview of Harvard's Subterranean Vivarium


    Initially spurred by a relatively modest need to double existing rodent housing, the Biology Research Infrastructure (BRI) building currently under construction at Harvard University will leapfrog over the minimum required capacity to provide a 40,000-cage vivarium upon completion in fall 2005.

  • University of Georgia Renovates Animal Health Research Center


    The University of Georgia has selected Gilbane as the design-builder for the renovation and modernization of its College of Veterinary Medicine's 73,000-sf Animal Health Research Center, a BSL-3 Ag facility in Athens, Ga.

  • Facility Lessons Learned at the Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health


    Construction of the Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health (CSCHAH) in Winnipeg, Manitoba, began in 1992. At the time, there were few active Level 4 facilities in existence: USDA's Plum Island Animal Disease Center (now run by the Department of Homeland Security) in New York, the CDC's Level 4 facility in Atlanta, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) in Fort Detrick, Md., the Australian Animal Health Laboratory in Geelong, Victoria, and some others.

  • UCSF Constructs Mission Bay Cancer Research Building


    The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) will initiate construction in March 2005 on the 161,757-sf Helen Diller Family Cancer Research Building. The $128.6-million facility will be the fourth major research building at the 43-acre Mission Bay campus.

  • Taconic Farms Develops Breeding Facility


    Taconic Farms , a supplier of research animals to laboratories, is constructing a new breeding facility on 27 acres in the Indiana Gateway Industrial Park in Cambridge City, Ind. The $18.8-million project will be built in three phases with completion expected in September 2005.

  • International Consultant Della-Porta Challenges BSL-3 and BSL-4 Standards


    According to Tony Della-Porta, Ph.D., an independent biosecurity and biocontainment consultant based in Australia, recent SARS-Coronavirus infections within laboratories should dramatically underscore the need for safer operations, improved standards, and better staff training. The SARS virus is just one example of the many potentially deadly infectious agents handled by BSL-3 and BSL-4 laboratories.

  • National Cancer Institute Renovation Nets BSL-3E Space for Vaccine Production


    In order to manufacture 1,000 doses of a promising new vaccine against a potential biological weapon agent and a disease with significant military importance, government contractor SAIC Frederick had to find space that could satisfy stringent biosafety requirements and still provide a clean manufacturing environment--two goals that are in some ways at odds. The solution involved turning 800 sf of space within an existing GMP facility into an enhanced BSL-3 suite (i.e. BSL-3E), enabling the company to ensure the safety of personnel and the surrounding community while protecting the vaccine against contamination during production.

  • Designing, Building and Maintaining Safe BSL Labs


    A large NIH-sponsored infectious disease research agenda is unfolding at a cost of $2 billion per year. Currently there are too few researchers and too few biosafety-designed research facilities to support this effort. The NIH has recognized this shortage of appropriate facilities and has developed funding opportunities as a means to address the issues. Many U.S. universities are now scrambling to meet whatever requirements are necessary for BSL-3 and BSL-3Ag research protocols in order to qualify for portions of this very significant grant stream.

  • Managing Large Projects


    What can an organization do to improve the management of a research facility project? Where is the most logical starting point for design? How can the planning team hone in on the fault lines most apt to generate delays, extra work, and cost overruns?

  • Kissimmee Animal Diagnostics Opens BSL-3 Lab


    Kissimmee Animal Diagnostics Lab in Kissimmee, Fla., recently opened a new 1,650-sf biosafety level 3 laboratory.