Planning and Designing Research Animal Facilities
- Jack Hessler, Hessler Consulting, LLC, Laytonsville, MD, USA
- Noel Lehner, School of Medicine, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA
Research institutions have or are planning to build, expand and renovate animal research facilities to keep up with the demands of biomedical research caused in part by growth in the use of genetically altered rodents and the upsurge of research in infectious diseases. Properly designed facilities greatly facilitate effective management and high-quality day-to-day animal care that is required to optimally support animal research and testing. There are multiple solutions to address the myriad of factors that influence the design and construction of animal research facilities. There is no âbestâ design applicable for all facilities and arguably not even a single âbestâ design for a given facility. For this reason, this is not intended to be a âhow toâ book. The goal is to cover the basic programmatic requirements of animal research facilities, provide ideas for meeting those requirements while, hopefully, stimulating the creative process in which designers in consultation with those who work in animal research facilities generate even better ideas. That is how progress has been made and will continue to be made.
Researchers, postdocs and graduate students who work in research animal facilities and those involved in the architecture, engineering, construction and programmatic requirementsprogrammatic requirements of animal research