Expansion Project Update

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For more information:
Chris Middleton, MBA
Director, Laboratory Operations
706.721.1551


In spring of 2016 the Cancer Center began construction on an expansion to our facility. The project will involve demolition of areas west of the front entrance elevator followed by new construction expanding the remainder of the building. This website has been developed to to serve as a central area for all communication regarding expansion.

This expansion will impact the integrity of the building, particularly the vivarium, through vibration, noise and possibly other factors. Construction plans and options will be communicated through this site and via email as they are finalized. In the interim, if you have any questions or concerns, or if you would like to attend the next focus group meeting, please feel free to contact Chris Middleton, Director of Laboratory Operations (cmiddleton@gru.edu or 1-1551).

Together we can plan and implement solutions in the best interest for research and growth within the building.

Current Plans

  • Construction on the expansion project will start in spring of 2016 and consist of two parts:
  • Demolition is scheduled for 10-12 weeks starting mid-April;
  • Construction scheduled to last 16-18 months.
  • Demolition will produce the most vibration and noise (LAS Compilation: Possible Construction Effects on Animals).
  • Scheduled shut-downs of barrier dependent instruments will happen throughout the construction.

Plans Going Forward

  • Continuation of fact-finding and creating mitigation options for animals during the expansion.
  • Logistic mapping of animal relocation procedures for those that wish to move will continue.
  • Development of communication pipeline to keep all parties abreast of construction- and research animal- related development.