Indiana University School of Medicine
Joseph E. Walther Hall (Research III Building)
This final research building in a three-building, integrated biomedical complex houses scientific discovery for life-saving therapies, especially in cancer treatment. It is designed to promote collaboration among principal investigators and faculty researchers in multiple disciplines and to increase translational research. The facility includes cancer, neuroscience, and immunobiology research programs.
The building incorporates 119 labs designed with flexibility to accommodate technology advancements and lab support areas including instrumentation rooms, tissue culture rooms and specialized testing rooms. It includes a vivarium, suites for BSL-3 research and gene vector production, as well as a cell repository/DNA serum bank.
The 40,000-sf vivarium is designed for mice and rodents, with capability to house aquatics studies in the future. It includes a multi-use suite that can be configured as conventional holding rooms, a barrier facility, or an ABSL-2 suite, depending on research requirements or population size. There is also a 5,000-sf ABSL-3 suite that can support multiple concurrent studies.
As part of the University’s Lab Animal Resource Center, the Walther Hall viarium facility is AAALAC accredited.
HERA knew the right questions to ask to help determine the needs and requirements of the end users. The exercises we did helped us calculate the species and cage capacities of the holding rooms and through-put of the cage wash. Since the facility opened I can say that there isn’t much we would do differently.”
Bob Young, RVT, LATG, Facilities Equipment Operations Manager
Vivarium programming, planning and design, laboratory planning