Vivarium Renovation

Vivarium Renovation

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Guidon staff led the renovation of floor space to support existing research space. The area renovated provided a modern, state of the art, animal research laboratory to attract and maintain research grants. All lab spaces were designed to meet ABSL-2 criteria.

This animal research facility combined the need for research and development space with a design focused on the future. Design solutions includes wet lab spaces, procedure room(s), separate holding rooms for animals, cage and rack washers, autoclave, cold room, sub-culture room, necropsy room, behavioral study rooms, and potential storage room for large archive records.

Project design replaced the heating and cool­ing system throughout the building (Ground, 1st, and 2nd floors) for the operation of the newly renovated clinical space. Other design components of the project include an acous­tical engineered vivarium, necropsy rooms, behavioral study room, physical security and site investigation. Special considerations in­clude acoustical engineering for sensitivity of animals, sanitation and care of animal health, and separation from the surrounding active hospital and its clients.

The lab was designed with flexibility at the forefront. Furniture is movable throughout the lab, and the ceiling infrastructure sup­ports changing facility needs and potential future equipment upgrades. Occupants can transition seamlessly from one area to the other with no change in quality of equipment, environment, or other resources.


Dept. of Veterans Affairs


Lexington, KY


Science + Technology


Project Management
Structural Engineering
Interior Design
Historic Preservation
Space Planning

Technical Criteria

ABSL-2 Laboratory, NIH Compliant