Description of Project:

This $2 million project involved the design of an animal laboratory building, with site development including accommodations for parking, truck dock, waste handling and access drives.

The building encloses 14,900 square feet and houses caged facilities for 1,000 rabbits.  The animals require precise temperature and relative humidity control of their environment and air change rates which meet USDHHS criteria.

Support spaces for the care and treatment of the animals and a laboratory for drawing blood and testing functions, offices, employee facilities and support equipment areas complete the facilities.  The mechanical systems include a 200 ton chiller, 4 million Btuh hot water heating plant, 600 pounds per hour humidification plant and 24,000 cfm of supply and exhaust air.  A system of trays, trenches and sewers with water flushing provisions allows for continuous animal waste handling.

The building is a steel framed structure with exterior walls of insulated stucco facing system on concrete block masonry.  Due to poor soil conditions, the foundations included caissons.

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