Modular Rodent Laboratory Building

Project Description

Architectural Excellence

Art’s Way Scientific was selected by the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company to provide a 21,324 SF facility as part of a major campus project teamed with other architects and design firms. This facility consists of over 90% vivarium space of 24,000 cages, office, MEP, shower and breakroom space. The building had to meet a variety of codes and standards including ADA, Cal-Green, Campus Standards and The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. Animal space is achieved with a seamless, anti-bacterial fiberglass reinforced epoxy coating system, Sika epoxy flooring and FRP doors. Staff areas include carpet, acoustical ceilings, wood doors and painted gypsum walls. Aluminum rail protects the facility from equipment traffic. A storefront entry, casement windows and a stained vertical grain cedar slat rain screen allows this facility to blend into the existing campus as it achieves the accreditation of an ABSL-2 facility and offers a pleasing, discreet appearance.

Technical Innovation & Sustainability

This facility meets the critical HVAC requirements while minimizing access to the holding and procedure rooms by directing air supply and exhaust through the central common corridors. Equipment can be maintained through the central corridor suspended ceilings without compromising the containment barriers of the animal areas. Redundant exterior air handlers with fan wall technology supplies the facility with all BAS and alarm systems connected to the owners central control system. The buildings required site design and planning, energy use, water management, material recycling, waste reduction and interior environmental quality to achieve the whole systems design required by the owner. The design and function incorporates Cal-Green and Title 24 compliance. Low or no VOC materials were used throughout the facility with construction waste and recycling controlled in the plant. The building is designed to be repurposed should future space be consolidated.

Cost Effectiveness

After a number of cost and schedule analyses, it was determined that construction of this modular in lieu of conventional methods would not only cut cost by 10% but also schedule by 5 months. The design team considered all elements of value engineering such as roof top HVAC entry with branching though common corridors. The design includes low flow fixtures and recyclable caging eliminating a cage wash which achieved an estimated water savings greater than 1 million gallons and $40,000 in energy costs annually. Factory pre-commissioning and testing contributed to reduced costs on site. LED exam lighting is used in the procedure rooms. Two mobilizations of delivery minimized disruption allowing business as usual on campus. By going modular, the owner was able to continue their ongoing research while addressing their expanding need for animal space in a quick, cost efficient way.

Facts & Figures

West Coast

General Contractor:
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.

Design Team:
Art’s Way Scientific, Inc.
Invision Architecture
MEP Engineers
Gowan Construction, Inc.
Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects LLP
Sebastian & Associates
BKF Engineers
JMS Power
Rutherford & Chekene

21,234 SF