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, this 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

I. GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS 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 II. DESIGN CONCEPTS AND CONSIDERATIONS 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 III. FACILITY DESIGN A. General 18. Animal Care and Administration Space 19. Animal Use Space B. SPECIES SPECIFIC HOUSING 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 C. SPECIAL FACILITIES 24. Barrier Housing for Rodents 25. Biohazards: Safety Practices, Operations and Containment Facilities 26. Quarantine Facilities and Operations IV. SYSTEMS 27. Introduction to Specifications: General Considerations, and Division 1 28. Structure 29. Doors & Hardware: Practical Choices


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