National Institutes of Health
Animal Research Laboratory
The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Intitutes of Heath (NIH), supports and conducts research on the impact of alcohol abuse on human health and well-being. It is the largest funder of alcohol research in the world. NIAAA leads the national effort to reduce alcohol-related problems through direct research and grant funding.
To support NIAAA’s Division of Intramural Clinical and Biological Research, NIH needed to renovate 1,700 square feet of animal holding and research space at its campus. They needed specialized rooms to support their ongoing and upcoming behavioral research while minimizing the extent of the renovation.
We designed the spaces for surgery and animal holding as well as specialized behavioral rooms that accommodate specific HVAC and lighting requirements. One room is designed for a regular diurnal light cycle while the other is designed on a reverse cycle ensuring the circadian rhythms of the test subjects can be manipulated independently.
The space allows NIAAA to to pursue highly advanced and technical research that is critical to understanding the neurobiological basis of drug and alcohol dependence.