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EXPERIENCE

Drawing upon decades of vivarium design, engineering analysis, budget management, installation and service experience, the Vivarium Design & Support department (VDS) provides Allentown customers with invaluable insights necessary to make educated facility design decisions, plus our renowned service and support capabilities to ensure the highest performance of all Allentown solutions. The Vivarium Design & Support Team is lead by Director Brian M. Bilecki, BSME. Brian has a degree in Mechanical Engineering Science and is a member of both AALAS and ASHRAE in the United States.

CUSTOMER SUCCESS STORY:
MONTREAL NEUROLOGICAL INSTITUTE AND HOSPITAL

The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital is a world-leading destination for brain research and advanced patient care. In September of 2016, Janette Green, Associate Director of the Centre for Neurological Disease Models, and Operations Manager Lisa Volume sat down for an interview with Allentown to discuss their selection of Allentown animal housing solutions for their brand new vivarium.

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FACILITY PLANNING

It's simple...give us your animal housing vision and we'll provide you with options, insight and solutions. We've been involved in 1000's of new building and renovations...chances are we have some insight that can help you build the perfect vivarium for you research while avoiding the most common costly pitfalls.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What does "facility design" mean, and why is it important?

What does "facility design" mean, and why is it important?

Planning a vivarium from scratch involves in-depth knowledge of operational processes, specialized housing and washing equipment. Having an expert review your plan can save time and money by helping avoid commonly made errors during early stages of the process... changing lines on paper is easier than moving a wall once it has been built! Allentown has been supporting Architects, Engineers and Customers for decades by reviewing floor plans and elevations to ensure the proper requirements are met to meet sufficient operational and utility requirements for their vivarium.

How can Allentown help me in planning my Vivarium?

How can Allentown help me in planning my Vivarium?

No matter if your renovation or new building project is in the early planning stages or at some point during construction or installation, the Allentown VDS department can offer you invaluable consultation in relation to how animal housing equipment can be most cost effectively integrated into your project. Allentown has over 20 years of practical vivarium planning experience, working together with Architects, Laboratory Planners and General Contractors to create the most efficient and cost effective vivarium solutions for our customers.

Is there a cost for Allentown's Vivarium Design Services?

Is there a cost for Allentown's Vivarium Design Services?

No. The VDS services are provided as an added benefit to Allentown customers.

What is a floor plan?

What is a floor plan?

A floor plan is a bird's eye view of a space being planned. It indicates locations of walls, built-in furniture and equipment as well as room designations and room numbers.

What is an elevation?

What is an elevation?

An elevation is a drawing that shows wall details from a horizontal view. An elevation shows floor to ceiling details which can include doors, windows, columns and built-in furniture from a perspective of standing within the space.

What is an equipment schedule?

What is an equipment schedule?

An equipment schedule is a detailed list of the equipment that will be located within the facility and designating locations within individual rooms. Specific dimensional and utility requirements associated with equipment placement can also be detailed. These schedules can also indicate who will be supplying the equipment and who will be responsible for installing it once the building is under construction. For instance, if the owner will be supplying the equipment and the GC (general contractor) will be installing it, the designation for that item would be OFCI, (or Owner Furnished Contractor Installed). This also indicates who will be responsible for purchasing the equipment, the Owner or the Contractor.

What ceiling heights should I have?

What ceiling heights should I have?

This would depend on the height and the clearances required to install and operate your animal housing units. For example in the case of Individually Ventilated Caging units (IVCs), Allentown's 80 cage 75 Jag Mouse Rack is 80" tall plus 9 ½" for the blower if it is located on the rack. In order to sufficiently connect the exhaust to the ceiling HVAC connection we may need another 24" of clearance. Therefore, the absolute minimal ceiling height to support this rack would be 8'5" high.

What corridor widths should I have?

What corridor widths should I have?

Corridors should be planned to be at least the same width as the largest moveable piece of equipment being moved through it in order to turn corners and maneuver items into rooms.

What door dimensions should I have?

What door dimensions should I have?

Door heights should be sized to the tallest piece of equipment to be located in the room. Special attention to assemblies such as door closers should be considered. These typically encroach into the door opening dimensions.

Where do I locate my electrical receptacles?

Where do I locate my electrical receptacles?

For rodent racks these can be located 36" above the finished floor on the wall, or located above the rack in the ceiling. This will also depend on where the rack blowers will be located.

Where do I locate auto-watering?

Where do I locate auto-watering?

Auto-Watering should be located as high along the wall as possible when wall mounted blowers are specified. Special coordination should be considered to ensure connections do not overlap with installed wall brackets.

Where should I locate my rack exhaust connections in the ceiling?

Where should I locate my rack exhaust connections in the ceiling?

Exhaust connections can vary depending on the type of blower mounting option chosen. Please consult Allentown for further coordination information.

How much space should there be in between IVC racks?

How much space should there be in between IVC racks?

Typically, there should be 36" in between the faces of racks to ensure enough space is provided for cage changing personnel to efficiently operate.

Which Allentown products require special attention as it relates to building planning?

Which Allentown products require special attention as it relates to building planning?

Almost all Allentown products require attention as it relates to dimensional requirements. However, some products have connections to the building structure which include HVAC connections as well as wall and floor connections. Ventilated rodent racks may require emergency power in order to keep constant airflow through the cages in the event of a power failure.

WHAT IS FIAS?

So...what is a Facility Integrated Airflow Solution (FIAS)? A FIAS integrates the Individually Ventilated Caging air delivery and exhaust with the building air handling system, and places the air handling mechanics either above the ceiling in the interstitial space or in another similar space located near the holding room. During the planning for a new facility or renovation, customers have the ability to work with their Architect, Lab Planner and Housing Provider months and sometimes years ahead of time in order to design the most efficient facility possible. Using FIAS for IVC holding rooms is a proven way of reducing the number of blowers per room, consolidating systems and reducing energy consumption all while consistently meeting precise airflow requirements.
View this video for more information.

CASE STUDY:
HARVARD UNIVERSITY

Harvard University implemented the Allentown FIAS as part of a comprehensive, overall effort to reduce it's environmental impact, while at the same time increase its operating efficiency.

Click here to view Building Sustainability, Reducing Your Facility's "Carbon Footprint", a presentation given at the AALAS National Meeting held in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.

PRODUCT SERVICE

The Allentown Field Service team has many years of installation experience spanning across a wide range of housing solutions. They also administer the Allentown Preventative Maintenance Program, which ensures the proper care and operation of your animal housing solutions for many years to come.
Manuel D. Dieguez
Field Service Supervisor
Contact Patrick at: mdieguez@allentowninc.com

PRODUCT SUPPORT

In his role as Director of Veterinary & Professional Services Patrick Hardy will leverage his more than 40 years worth of experience in laboratory animal science to oversee and ensure veterinary, scientific, and regulatory compliance across all Allentown products, services, and practices. Patrick will also serve as Allentown's resident subject matter expert and advocate - traveling, speaking, and publishing as necessary to champion Allentown products and services, and further the cause of effective and responsible lab animal science.
Patrick Hardy, DVM, DipECLAM, Exec. MBA
Contact Patrick at: phardy@allentowninc.com

PRODUCT SPECIALISTS

Focusing predominantly on Sentinel EAD, Sentry SPP, and BCU2 product lines, Product Specialists Mike Sidelsky Sr. and Pete Willan will support the Allentown sales team in educating the industry on these complex solutions, and will also travel, speak, and publish as necessary to spread the word. Pete will lend his experience and expertise to the European market, while Mike will focus on North America. Both men will share responsibility for Allentown's extensive, Global Network of Distributors.

Pete C. Willan DMS, F.InstLM, MIAT
Contact Pete at: pwillan@allentowninc.com
Michael G. Sidelsky, Sr., RLATG
Contact Mike at: mgslasconsulting@gmail.com

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