USC Hoffman Medical Research Center Vivarium

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  • USC research receives a precision engineered upgrade

  • Project Overview

    Our team was responsible for engineering and design services on the complete mechanical and plumbing infrastructure upgrade of the animal housing facilities in the Elaine Stevely Hoffman Medical Research Center. This research facility is in the Health Sciences Campus of the University of Southern California and conducts ethical animal research. This project’s scope included improving large animal species care capabilities, adding a bulk sterilizer to the cage wash area, connecting the ventilation system to the standby generator, and improving animal necropsy and surgery areas.

  • Solution

    The cage rooms we designed contain state-of-the-art floor and wall treatments, water jets, and drain trenches for floor cleaning. This new floor cleaning system increased the flow rates in each space and required replacement of the waste lines below the slab. We also designed new central vacuum systems to serve the surgery and recovery rooms. We revised the supply and exhaust air distribution system to meet new program requirements, which included replacement of mixing air zone terminals, revised duct lay-outs, and replacement of exhaust and make-up air fans.