The new LEED Gold Certified, 42,000 SF, three-story facility provides support space for the Animal Care Program, Animal Welfare Program, Health Sciences staff and other campus research support units. The facility includes the first National Institutes for Health-funded robotic and automated animal cage wash sterilization facility in the US. The project includes two levels of administrative and research space above the cage washing facility on the first level. This also includes Animal Operation Center on the second floor.
This new facility consolidates existing animal cage wash service and sanitation operations that currently exist in several research buildings throughout the School of Medicine. The centralized facility eliminates redundancy and reduces the use of natural resources and allows for the conversion of existing and planned research space to direct research uses. It has been estimated that the project has the potential for an estimated annual savings of 18.5 million gallons of water, 24.2 million pounds of steam, and 560,000 kilowatts of electricity.