Tulane Primate Research Center Nursery Building

Tulane Primate Research Center Nursery Building

The Primate Nursery Facility at the Tulane National Primate Research Center is a new construction of a 17,000 square foot animal care and laboratory facility. This building has been designed and built to meet Bio Safety Level 2 regulations.

As a premier research facility, special attention was needed during construction to meet specific requirements by the National Institute of Health (NIH) in regards to everything from cleanliness to rodent and pest control. To enable easy cleaning and decontamination at least once a day, the floors are a biomedical grade resinous system with a separate high gloss finish in trough areas for even easier cleaning with a flush down system. The work surfaces are impervious to water and resistant to acids, alkalis, organic solvents and moderate heat. All wall-mounted equipment was caulked with a specific type of caulk that prevents the growth of bacteria. In order to comply with NIH’s checklist of requirements and Rodent/Pest Control Program, Woodward took special measures to ensure that no areas in the building could potentially harbor pests.

To promote the best possible research environment, extensive commissioning coordination took place for the HVAC and BAS systems. Our teams went through many weeks of testing and balancing processes before starting up the systems. In addition to using 100% outside air, the system is triple redundant to avoid any potential system down time. Three of every major piece of mechanical equipment, each sized to be able to support the building on its own, make the system triple redundant to avoid any potential system downtime. All systems are supplemented with battery backup to ensure that if power is lost, transfer to generator power can occur seamlessly. All systems are coordinated through a sophisticated Building Automation System.

Other projects for Tulane University include the Environmental Science Building, fast track restorations following Hurricane Katrina, Turchin Stadium, Weatherhead Hall, Flower Hall and the forthcoming Yulman Football Stadium.

Project Information

  • Category
    Medical Facility Construction
  • Owner
    Tulane National Primate Research Center
  • Design
  • Size
    17,000 Square Feet
  • Budget
  • Location
    Covington, LA
  • Completion
    February 2012

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