Transgenic & Biobehavioral Measurement Animal FacilityUniversity of Kansas
Renovation of Animal Care Facility
Treanor Architects assisted the University of Kansas with the successful grant proposal to NIH, and subsequently with the planning and programming of the Transgenic and Biobehavioral Measurement facility.
An existing animal care area was renovated into a Specific Pathogen Free (SPF) Barrier Facility to allow the creation of a Transgenic mouse colony with mouse husbandry, quarantine and support spaces. The renovated facility also contains pathology, microinjection, genotyping, animal holding, biobehavioral and cell cultivation spaces.
This facility has both barrier and non-barrier areas containing holding rooms with double sided ventilated racks to increase the total capacity. A dedicated elevator allows access to the cage wash facility on the lower floor, and a pass through sterilizer is included in the barrier facility.
Within the confines of an existing building layout, considerable care was taken to create proper work flows and appropriate movements of the rodent population. The existing animal facility in the floor below and laboratories above needed to remain operational during construction, requiring careful consideration in both design and construction phases.