Vivarium

Centralized Research Support Facility Reaping Significant Benefits

UCSD’s Unique New Design Could Signify Paradigm Shift

Published 3-1-2017

A new Centralized Research Support Facility (CRSF) at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) has created a host of benefits for the university and its Animal Care Program, including almost $13 million in savings to date, with more savings expected when existing space is reassigned. The project could signal a paradigm shift as available research space shrinks, but consolidation/centralization requires significant operational and cultural shifts.

Renovation, Modernization, and Upgrades are Top Priorities for Animal and Biocontainment Facilities

Remote Monitoring, Alarms, and Controls are Becoming Increasingly Important

Published 2-1-2017

With many aging animal and biocontainment facilities coming to the end of their useful life, renovations, modernizations, and upgrades are by far the top priorities among facility owners and operators, and greater flexibility and adaptability are the hottest issues in project and program planning. Rodents are still overwhelmingly the primary species in animal research, according to industry leaders, and most containment facilities maintain a combination of containment levels; of facilities housing a single containment level, BSL-2 is by far the most prevalent.

Rodent Cage Technology Evolves Beyond the Simple Holding Vessel

Latest Innovations Focus on Micro Conditions, Data Collection

Published 1-18-2017

As scientific research increasingly moves toward a greater use of data, so too is the animal cage technology being introduced and developed by major manufacturers. Innovations designed to improve animal life, reduce costs, and enhance research are happening at the cage level, with technology allowing for control of conditions within individual housing units and data collection of cage-level variables.

Integrated Design and Operational Practices Support Flexibility in Weill Cornell’s Vivarium

Configurable ABSL Suites will Accommodate Evolving Research for Decades

Published 12-21-2016

Opened in January 2014, Weill Cornell Medicine’s Belfer Research Building (BRB) houses a 31,525-sf vivarium that has already put one of its guiding design principles—flexibility—to the test. The product of an academic program expansion that entails recruiting 50 new faculty, the BRB vivarium is equipped with a multitude of spaces that can be converted to specialty uses not defined at planning.