Planning and Designing Research Animal Facilities

Planning and Designing Research Animal Facilities

1st Edition - November 13, 2008

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  • Editors: Jack Hessler, Noel Lehner
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080919218
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123695178

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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 “best” design applicable for all facilities and arguably not even a single “best” design for a given facility. For this reason, Planning and Designing Research Animal Facilities is not intended to be a “how to” 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.

Key Features

  • Facilitates communication between the parties involved in planning and designing animal facilities by providing contemporary information, and stimulating creativity that will help lead to wise decisions and advance the knowledge base for planning, design and constructing animal research facilities


Researchers, postdocs and graduate students who work in research animal facilities and those involved in the architecture, engineering, construction and programmatic requirements
programmatic requirements of animal research

Table of Contents


    1.Goals and Objectives for Research Animal Facilities
    2. Master Planning & Animal Facility Location
    3. A Team Process from Programming to Commissioning
    4. The Planning, Design and Construction Process
    5. Pre-Occupancy Planning, Commission, Qualification and Validation Testing
    6. Regulatory Issues
    7.Environmental Considerations for Research Animals
    8. Cost


    9. Circulation
    10. Functional Adjacencies
    11. Vivarium Aesthetics and Visual Design
    12. Ergonomic Considerations and Allergen Management
    13. Interstitial Mechanical Space
    14. Hazard-Resistant Building Construction
    15. Animal Isolation Cubicles
    16. Modular Buildings
    17. Common Facility Design Errors & Problems


    A. General

    18. Animal Care and Administration Space
    19. Animal Use Space


    20. Rodent Facilities and Caging Systems
    21. Facilities for Nonhuman Primates
    22. Facilities for Dogs, Swine, Sheep, Goats, and Other Species
    23. Aquatic Facilities


    24. Barrier Housing for Rodents
    25. Biohazards: Safety Practices, Operations and Containment Facilities
    26. Quarantine Facilities and Operations


    27. Introduction to Specifications: General Considerations, and Division 1
    28. Structure
    29. Doors & Hardware: Practical Choices
    30. Finish Decisions
    31. Fixed Equipment for Research Animal Facilities
    32. Plumbing: Special Considerations
    33. Electrical: Special Considerations
    34. Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC): Special Considerations
    35. Using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in Laboratory Animal Facilities

Product details

  • No. of pages: 520
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2008
  • Published: November 13, 2008
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080919218
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123695178

About the Editors

Jack Hessler

Affiliations and Expertise

Hessler Consulting, LLC, Laytonsville, MD, USA

Noel Lehner

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Medicine, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA

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