CASE STUDY: UNIVERSITY OF
The City of Phoenix is quickly
becoming a biomedical powerhouse
with a new superblock of academic,
private, and public research, and
health care rising up in downtown.
The newest building to rise-up is
the 10 story University of Arizona
Biomedical Sciences Partnership
The new research tower will
house animal facilities on the basement level and will connect to an existing underground vivarium. The existing
vivarium was planned with expansion in
mind so the connection was facilitated
with pre-constructed knockout panels in
the concrete foundation walls.
The satellite increases observation
and procedure room capacity and provides shell space, vetted and planned,
for a future MRI, CT, or other large
imaging core facility. Another additional
3,000 SF of shell space was setup for a
scenario of either ABSL- 3 holding and
procedure or conventional vivarium
space. The new satellite relies on the
existing vivarium for secure loading
dock receiving, autoclaving, and decontamination.
The researchers who ultimately move
into the BSPB may engaged in a range of
biomedical, biotech, and bioengineering
activities, so an adaptable program for the
satellite vivaria was essential.
The project is 245,000 GSF and will be
ready for occupancy at the January 2017.
Leveraging an existing animal facility by
adding on a satellite vivarium requires
an integrated planning effort with animal
resource managers, facilities, owners, and
principal investigators. A satellite must
still meet regulatory, biosecurity, AAALAC,
and institutional protocols, but with careful planning, it can co-exist in or near the
research lab. Paradigm shifts in electronics,
informatics, and optics have made new
modes of imaging and visualization within
the reach of many more scientists than
ever. The effect has made it more advantageous to bring the vivarium to the lab, rather than leave the lab to go to the vivarium.
Jennifer Swedell has 15 years of experience
in architecture and in laboratory planning
and design, and is currently associated
with CO Architects in Los Angeles as a
senior laboratory planner and programmer.
Antoinette Bunkley is a senior project manager with CO Architects in Los Angeles.
Jennifer Andrews is a Design and
Construction Project Manager for the
University of Arizona specializing in high
tech medical related facilities. In her current
role, Ms. Andrews is responsible for facilitating the programming, design and construction for capital projects for the ongoing
expansion of the University’s Phoenix
CASE STUDY: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA,
The University of California, San Diego is
set in a coastal vista ideally situated near
some of the biggest names in private and
public biotech. The campus is the second
highest in the UC system for patents and
research grants pushing teaching and
research labs to capacity.
A new ground up building was needed
to expand teaching and research within
the physical and biological sciences. One
of the groups set out to create a laboratory
floor that was anchored by a satellite animal facility at one end and eight flexible
multi-modal imaging and recording bays at
the opposite end with open wet labs and
shared lab support in-between.
In order to shuttle animals from the main
vivarium in the basement of the old building
to the new satellite atop the six-story labs,
a skyway connection was created. The satellite includes holding, procedure, feed and
bedding storage, and an ABSL- 2 surgery and
holding room. Additional acoustic treatment
was added to the perimeter of the vivarium
suite to minimize disturbance to the animals
from adjacent work areas. A vestibule with
acoustic, gasketed doors, servers as a buffer
for odors and sound.
The project is 123,000 GSF and currently under construction with completion
scheduled for 2018.
The high-rise Biosciences Partnership building and
adjacent Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB)
will increase vivarium space for the Phoenix campus
at the University of Arizona.
Floor plan view of the open labs, multi-modal imaging recording bays and their proximity to
the satellite animal suite at the University of California, San Diego.