• Closure of LHRB animal facility - update 12-07-2021

    Dear LHRB Animal Users moving to the Webb animal facility:

    It has been a while since I sent an update but as most of you know there has been lots of communication directly with specific groups about the moves to Webb. Today completed the first set of 5 mouse racks moving to Webb. The move went well but took a bit longer than expected primarily because of difficulty keeping the loading dock open at LHRB. Therefore, instead of completing the whole move in the morning, 3 racks were moved in the morning and 2 racks in the afternoon.

    The racks moved today were:

    • One rack containing the Lee and Peng colonies moved to Webb 121 (~24 cages)
    • Two racks containing the Young (and collaborators) colony moved to Webb 126 (~161 cages)
    • Two racks containing the Bibb and Galli colonies moved to Webb 132 (~176 cages)

    Tomorrow we will move:

    • Two racks containing the Benveniste and Qin colonies moving to Webb 128 (~152 cages)
    • One rack containing the Hengbin Wang, Zhang and Javed colonies moving to Webb 129 (~55 cages)
    • Two racks containing the Yong Zhou, Birket, and Rowe colonies moving to Webb 130 (~175 cages)

    Thursday we will complete the mouse moves to Webb with:

    • One rack containing the Jianbo Wang, Kappes, McFarland, and Willey colonies moving to Webb 123 (~97 cages)
    • One rack containing the Yoder, Frank, McMahon, and Paterson colonies moving to Webb 127 (~75 cages)
    • Two racks (joining an empty 3rd already in Webb) containing the Carter colony moving to Webb 136 (~261 cages)

    After Thursday the only other major colony move is with the Xenopus tropicalis rack. It moves to Webb 138 and we will probably move it next week but the details are not finalized yet.

    Remaining colonies in LHRB are largely relocating to ZRB or other animal facilities and those are scheduled for next week leaving equipment cleanup for the following two holiday weeks before the end of the year. Thank you all for all your help and support to get this far. As well as the tireless efforts from so many on the ARP staff. This was a major undertaking for all of us. We still have some work to do, e.g., we are struggling to ensure the euthanasia stations and anesthesia stations are functional for your work, etc. We will have at least one euthanasia station by tomorrow. More to follow. Two anesthesia stations are in Webb now but not connected yet. From the surveys I figured out that we will assign Benveniste, Qin and Yong Zhou to the Webb 105 procedure room, since each expressed a need for a refrigerator and/or freezer for reagents, etc., and may like to bring some larger equipment. Currently the key card access for all procedure spaces is unrestricted, and I am not planning on changing that for the two procedure rooms in Webb 116/118, and 122. We will work on restricting the other procedure rooms once the moves are complete. There is a fume hood in 116/118, and there will be a biosafety cabinet in 122A.

    The two cold rooms have needed parts on backorder, so in the meantime we have two coolers, one for use as a morgue and the other for special diets. I do not have their specific locations yet.

    Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns, and thank you all again for your help and understanding.

    Sincerely,

    Erik

    Erik Dohm | Executive Director
    Animal Resources Program
    UAB | The University of Alabama at Birmingham
    P: 205.934.5558 | M: 205.266.8899 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Closure of LHRB animal facility - update 11-12-2021

    Dear LHRB Animal Users:

    There were no moves between LHRB and ZRB this week, because of the HVAC problems in the old cage wash rooms. The good news is that the needed equipment to fix the problem is ordered, but we do not have an estimated time for the repair yet. Preparations for the install is also ongoing, which is why starting at 1AM tonight there will be asbestos abatement on the 8th floor passenger elevator lobby. The work should complete by 8AM on Saturday morning, but during that time there will be no access to the ZRB 8th floor passenger elevator lobby. There is still access to LHRB and ZRB by other routes, but not by the 8th floor passenger elevator lobby. Use the ZRB or LHRB freight elevators, LHRB passenger elevators, or come across from elevators in Tinsley Harrison.

    On a brighter side, ARP hosted the Webb animal facility open house over the past two days. The best report I received, was the feeling that PIs and their staff were more relaxed after the tour, when they saw that Webb is a regular animal facility with all the usual components. :-)

    For those that came to the open house, we had a short survey to help ARP better serve you. I understand that many of you took the survey with you, which is fine, but we are still interested in the information. Therefore, I am going to send an electronic version out to all the staff with colonies moving to Webb. Please watch for that message, complete and return it as soon as you can, so we can best prepare for your needs. It is intended to be a short survey and does not need to be all inclusive or absolute.

    Demolition on the 10th floor still has some abatement to complete, but the majority of the noise is over. The contractor says they expect to start installing walls, and mechanical equipment the week of November 22nd. In the near future, they will also move on to roof demolition and window replacement. The window replacement should not be an issue, but roof replacement is. There are tons of river rock holding down the roof rubber liner. A vacuum truck will remove the rock, which is noisy and will cause some vibration. It will occur on the weekend, but it is still not ideal. We expect this to happen in December, but we do not have an exact date yet.

    If you have colonies in LHRB, please look for your PI name in the running summary below. If you do not see your name and think it should be there, please let me know. I have tentatively made Webb room assignments but there is flexibility if changes are needed. As always please feel free to contact me directly with any questions or concerns. I do the best I can to get back to them as quickly as possible.

    Sincerely,

    Erik

    Running summary of what I know of the move – changes/additions in italics.

    • Current census has approximately 3200 enclosures-individually counted animals in LHRB.
    • There are 593 LHRB rat cages, with alternate housing for ~100 cages, which will free up an existing room in ZRB. Thank you to those investigators working with me on that.
    • There are ~2575 LHRB mouse cages. ~1085 mouse cages will relocate to the remodeled ZRB space, or other locations other than Webb.
    • Leaving ~1495 mouse cages to move to the Webb building.
    • For all animals staying in ZRB, the rooms may have capacity left over for swing space for experimental animals needing to return from Webb.
    • ZRB still only has one ARP procedure space at this time
    • Webb has an estimated capacity of ~2600 mouse cages, at 80% rack occupancy, which is ample space. There are two rooms, ~100sf each, available for special use, equipment, etc.
    • Webb has 4 procedure rooms, each with at least one common anesthesia machine and euthanasia station.
    • ARP will provide access to a liquid nitrogen tank in the Webb animal facility, tentative room 117 (cage wash).
    • There is a working community ice maker for research purposes on the third floor of Webb, room 331.
    • ARP will provide some sort of locking mechanism on the cabinetry in the Webb building procedure spaces.
    • ARP is installing key card controlled access on the Webb procedure spaces, enabling agreements between users for sharing larger equipment, e.g. centrifuge, hot plate, scale, etc. not easily locked up
    • Everything from LHRB, equipment and animals, must move out no later than December 31st, 2021
    • All rat colonies from LHRB will be relocated to the remodeled ZRB cage wash rooms, but only after direct communication with those impacted.
    • All USDA AWA covered species from LHRB (ferrets, chinchillas) will be relocated to the remodeled rooms ZRB 829 and 831 sometime during November, and only after direct individual communication with those PIs impacted
    • ZRB 833 – Agarwal, George, Sanders, and Zarjou, ~321 cages moved 10/27. Curtis, LHRB 838, to order in new animals to this room
    • ZRB 835 – Xie, Zhou, Hyndman, LHRB 838, ~200 cages moved 11/5.
    • ZRB 836 – Yoder, ~300 cages moved 10/27. Serra, LHRB 832, 23 cages, moved 11/5.
    • ZRB 803 – Glenn Rowe, LHRB 864, 157 cages, to move only after direct individual communication with those PIs impacted
    • ZRB 805 – Gray, LHRB 872, 111 cages, to move only after direct individual communication with those PIs impacted
    • ZRB 807 – Knight, LHRB 877, 888B, 888C, 893, 79 cages, and Bolisetty, LHRB 880, 96 cages, to move only after direct individual communication with those PIs impacted
    • ZRB 815 – Dudeja, LHRB 884D, 17 cages, to move only after direct individual communication with those PIs impacted.
    • ZRB 824B – Dudeja, LHRB 888B, 14 cages, to move only after direct individual communication with those PIs impacted.
    • Webb 121 – Lee, Lopez, Peng, LHRB 872, 838, 834, 49 cages, to move only after direct individual communication with those PIs impacted.
    • Webb 123 – Jianbo Wang, Kappes, McFarland, Willey, LHRB 878, 872, 89 cages, to move only after direct individual communication with those PIs impacted.
    • Webb 126 – Young, LHRB 820, 828, 178 cages, to move only after direct individual communication with those PIs impacted
    • Webb 127 – Yoder, Frank, McMahon, Paterson, LHRB 856, 862, 78 cages, to move only after direct individual communication with those PIs impacted.
    • Webb 128 – Benveniste, Qin, LHRB 872, 210 cages, to move only after direct individual communication with those PIs impacted.
    • Webb 129 – Javed, Hengbin Wang, Zhang, LHRB 872, 880, 884B, 884F, 86 cages, to move only after direct individual communication with those PIs impacted.
    • Webb 132 – Yong Zhou, Birket, Rowe, LHRB 872, 170 cages, to move only after direct individual communication with those PIs impacted.
    • Webb 132 – Bibb, Galli, LHRB 891, 862, 197 cages, to move only after direct individual communication with those PIs impacted.
    • Webb 136 – Carter, LHRB 838, 856, 263 cages, to move only after direct individual communication with those PIs impacted.
  • Closure of LHRB animal facility - update 11-05-2021

    Dear LHRB Animal Users:

    Moves between LHRB and ZRB continued this week. Enough are done now that I know the remaining moves for LHRB to ZRB and have a rough idea of the room assignments in the Webb facility. Those moved this week, were contacted directly, so if you were not contacted your animals were not moved. We hit a little snag in relocating the LHRB rat colonies because of HVAC problems in the old cage wash rooms. It is getting corrected. I am confident it will be completed quickly, although, I do not have a specific date for completion.

    I was not able to coordinate an open house in the Webb building this week. However, we decided on a reservation format for the visits over a day or two from 9-4. I will set the dates based on ARP staff availability, and will notify those of you moving to Webb with at least 3-4 days advance notice to make a reservation. We will also be working on getting facility access processed starting next week.

    Demolition on the 10th floor slowed considerably this week because of abatement requirements. Nevertheless, the project is still on schedule to finish summer 2022.

    If you have colonies in LHRB, please look for your PI name in the running summary below. If you do not see your name and think it should be there please let me know. I have not made all the Webb room assignments for the smaller colonies but the larger colonies are assigned. As always please feel free to contact me directly with any questions or concerns. I do the best I can to get back to them as quickly as possible.

    Sincerely,

    Erik

    Running summary of what I know of the move – changes/additions in italics.

    • Current census has approximately 3200 enclosures-individually counted animals in LHRB.
    • There are 593 LHRB rat cages, with alternate housing for ~100 cages, which should an additional existing room in ZRB. Thank you to those investigators working with me on that.
    • There are ~2575 LHRB mouse cages. ~1040 mouse cages will relocate to the remodeled ZRB space, or other locations other than Webb.
    • Leaving ~1540, mouse cages to move to the Webb building.
    • For all animals staying in ZRB, the rooms may have capacity left over for swing space for experimental animals needing to return from Webb.
    • ZRB still only has one ARP procedure space at this time.
    • Webb has an estimated capacity of ~2600 mouse cages, at 80% rack occupancy, which is ample space. There are two rooms, ~100sf each, available for special use, equipment, etc.
    • Webb has 4 procedure rooms, each with at least one common anesthesia machine and euthanasia station.
    • ARP will provide access to a liquid nitrogen tank in the Webb animal facility, room 110 (loading dock lobby).
    • There is a working community ice maker for research purposes on the third floor of Webb, room 331.
    • ARP will provide some sort of locking mechanism on the cabinetry in the Webb building procedure spaces.
    • ARP is installing key card controlled access on the Webb procedure spaces, enabling agreements between users for sharing larger equipment, e.g. centrifuge, hot plate, scale, etc. not easily locked up.
    • Everything from LHRB, equipment and animals, must move out no later than December 31st, 2021
    • All rat colonies from LHRB will be relocated to the remodeled ZRB cage wash rooms, but only after direct communication with those impacted.
    • All USDA AWA covered species from LHRB (ferrets, chinchillas) will be relocated to the remodeled rooms ZRB 829 and 831 sometime during November, and only after direct communication with those impacted.
    • ZRB 833 – Agarwal, George, Sanders, and Zarjou, ~321 cages moved 10/27. Curtis, LHRB 838, to order in new animals to this room.
    • ZRB 835 – Xie, Zhou, Hyndman, LHRB 838, ~200 cages moved 11/5
    • ZRB 836 – Yoder, ~300 cages moved 10/27. Serra, LHRB 832, 23 cages, moved 11/5
    • ZRB 803 – Glenn Rowe, LHRB 864, 157 cages, to move only after direct communication
    • ZRB 805 – Gray, LHRB 872, 111 cages, to move only after direct communication.
    • ZRB 807 – Knight, LHRB 877, 888B, 888C, 893, 79 cages, and Bolisetty, LHRB 880, 96 cages, to move only after direct communication
    • ZRB 815 – Dudeja, LHRB 884D, 17 cages, to move only after direct communication
    • ZRB 824B – Dudeja, LHRB 888B, 14 cages, to move only after direct communication
    • Webb 121 – Saigusa, LHRB 838, 52 cages, to move only after direct communication
    • Webb 123 – Jianbo Wang, LHRB 878, 44 cages, to move only after direct communication
    • Webb 126 – Young, LHRB 820, 828, 178 cages, to move only after direct communication
    • Webb 127 – Yoder, LHRB 856, 59 cages, to move only after direct communication
    • Webb 128 – Carter, LHRB 838, 856, 263 cages, to move only after direct communication
    • Webb 129 – Javed, LHRB 872, 59 cages, to move only after direct communication
    • Webb 130 – Benveniste, LHRB 872, 205 cages, to move only after direct communication
    • Webb 132 – Yong Zhou, LHRB 872, 105 cages, to move only after direct communication
    • Webb 134 – Bibb, LHRB 891, 131 cages, to move only after direct communication
    • The LHRB mouse colonies of Birket, Frank, Galli, Kappes, Lambert, Lee, Lopez, McFarland, McMahon, Paterson, Peng, Qin, Steven Rowe, Hengbin Wang, Willey, Zhang, Lufang Zhou, are smaller colonies and will be distributed among the Webb rooms listed above or into other rooms as needed. Assignments may be based on Departmental affiliations or collaborations if preferred as long as I am made aware
    • The LHRB Young CLAMS system will be moved to ZRB 323 laboratory space
    • The biosafety cabinet from LHRB 852 has been relocated ZRB 839 11/4
    • The LHRB mouse colonies of Hjelmeland will move to WTI under individual arrangement to two separate locations based on health status before December 31st
    • The LHRB mouse colonies of Alexander and Cortes will move to BBRB under individual arrangement to separate locations starting in November and concluding before December 31st
    • The LHRB Xenopus tropicalis rack will move sometime late December, room is undetermined because original planned room was not compatible, further discussions with PI to follow
    • Common ARP anesthesia/procedure stations, and euthanasia station for ZRB are already located in ZRB 937, and will be supplemented with at least one additional anesthesia machine and euthanasia station.
    • The Webb animal facility emergency power install is complete
    • ARP planning an open house for Webb by appointment 9-4 on dates to be announced with at least 3-4 days lead time.
    • ARP staff colony moves to Webb, planned for the week of November 29th through December 17th, will move ~300 cages each weekday, but only after direct communication with those impacted
    • The renovation of ZRB 10 will accommodate all animals and procedure space of the animals relocated from LHRB
    • Construction on ZRB 10 has commenced, and as of this week demolition is ~70% complete
    • No construction waste chute from ZRB 10 required.
    • The renovation of ZRB 10 is expected to finish in the Summer of 2022, at which time plans will be made for moving displaced colonies to their permanent homes
    • Equipment to fit out ZRB 10 has already been ordered to eliminate long lead times and minimize delay after construction is complete

    Erik Dohm | Executive Director
    Animal Resources Program
    UAB | The University of Alabama at Birmingham
    P: 205.934.5558 | M: 205.266.8899 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Closure of LHRB animal facility - update 10-29-21

    Dear LHRB Animal Users:

    It completely slipped my mind for last week’s update, but for this week I have a fair amount to update! :-) This week I am also including the remaining PIs and staff from ZRB, since ZRB 10 construction has started, so they get the updates as well.

    • We had our first significant colony moves this week, and the remodeled rooms in ZRB did not disappoint for space.
    • I am much more confident that I will be able to accommodate most if not all of the ~430 cages of animals I had as requests over and above the initial planned group.
    • A special thanks has to go to Dr. Young who decided that it was best for his whole colony to move to Webb where he could spread out and adjust light cycles if needed.
    • The emergency power install completed in Webb, and I hope to have an open house by the end of next week. Next up for moving to the ZRB 8th floor remodeled area is the LHRB rat colonies. I will be in touch with those directly involved next week.

    The actual construction in ZRB 10 is well underway. Demolition is nearing completion. However, there were reports from the 9th floor at least that some demolition noise did occur. Please see the pictures below to get an idea of what has been done and is still left for demolition. You may have noticed that no construction chute was necessary on the front of ZRB, which helps mitigate the noise.

    Those are the updates I have for this week and last. Below is the running summary for perspective of what is actually happening when we close LHRB. I do not have any follow up virtual meetings scheduled at this time for the various groups, but I welcome the opportunity if there is interest or a need. Some may be arranged through the Department of Medicine, but I am also happy to set them up independently as needed/requested. In addition, as always please feel free to contact me directly with any questions or concerns. I do the best I can to get back to them as quickly as possible.

    Sincerely,

    Erik

    Running summary of what I know of the move - changes/additions in italics:

    • Current census has just under 4000 enclosures-individually counted animals in LHRB.
    • There are 593 rat cages in LHRB, but I may have alternate housing for ~100 cages, which will help a great deal, and may allow me to open up additional existing rooms in ZRB. Thank you to those investigators working with me on that.
    • There are ~3200 cages of mice in LHRB. I estimate that approximately ~1400 mouse cages are slated to either relocate to the remodeled space in ZRB, or other locations other than Webb. This leaves ~1800 mouse cages to move to the Webb building.
    • There are requests for colonies amounting to ~430 cages of mice to try and accommodate in ZRB somewhere. I am working to meet these requests if possible.
    • For all animals staying in ZRB, the rooms are going to be at maximum capacity.
    • A ZRB mouse swing space room is already present for the behavior core, but another/part of another is anticipated, please consider separating breeders and other non-ZRB critical animals for moving to Webb.
    • ZRB will only have one procedure space unless more cages move to Webb.
    • Webb has an estimated capacity of ~2600 mouse cages, at 80% rack occupancy, which is ample space. There are two rooms, ~100sf each, available for special use, equipment, etc.
    • Webb has 4 procedure rooms, each with at least one common anesthesia machine and euthanasia station.
    • ARP will provide access to a liquid nitrogen tank in the Webb animal facility, room 110 (loading dock lobby).
    • There is a working community ice maker for research purposes on the third floor of Webb, room 331.
    • ARP will provide some sort of locking mechanism on the cabinetry in the Webb building procedure spaces.
    • ARP is installing key card controlled access on the Webb procedure spaces, enabling agreements between users for sharing larger equipment, e.g. centrifuge, hot plate, scale, etc. not easily locked up.
    • Everything from LHRB, equipment and animals, must move out no later than December 31st, 2021.
    • All rat colonies from LHRB will be relocated to the remodeled ZRB cage wash rooms, possibly the week of November 1st, but only after direct communication with those impacted
    • All USDA AWA covered species from LHRB (ferrets, chinchillas) will be relocated to the remodeled rooms ZRB 829 and 831 sometime during October – November, and only after direct communication with those impacted.
    • The LHRB mouse colonies of Agarwal, George, Sanders, and Zarjou, ~321 cages, were moved to ZRB 833, 10/27.
    • The LHRB mouse colonies of Yoder, ~300 cages, were moved to ZRB 836, 10/27.
    • The LHRB mouse colonies of Xie, Zhou, ~110 cages will move to ZRB 835, the week of November 1st, but only after direct communication
    • The LHRB mouse colonies of Curtis, Knight, Serra, (Hyndman, Saigusa, Grey, Rowe G., Dudeja), and others as space allows, will be incorporated into existing ZRB colonies, but only after direct communication
    • The LHRB Young mouse colony is moving to the Webb building, ~162 cages.
    • The LHRB Young CLAMS system will be moved to laboratory space if environmental conditions are acceptable, freeing up specialized space for other uses.
    • The biosafety cabinet from LHRB 852 (Agarwal room) will be relocated probably with that same colony because it is VA owned equipment and must be tracked.
    • The LHRB mouse colonies of Hjelmeland will move to WTI under individual arrangement to two separate locations based on health status before December 31st
    • The LHRB mouse colonies of Alexander and Cortes will move to BBRB under individual arrangement to separate locations starting in October and concluding before December 31st.
    • The LHRB Xenopus tropicalis rack will move to ZRB 907/907A sometime late December, and only after direct communication with those impacted.
    • The LHRB Young Clams system will move to ZRB 931 sometime during October – December, and only after direct communication with those impacted.
    • Common ARP anesthesia/procedure stations, and euthanasia station for ZRB are already located in ZRB 937, and will be supplemented with at least one additional anesthesia machine.
    • The Webb animal facility emergency power install is complete.
    • ARP planning an open house for Webb the week of November 1st.
    • ARP staff colony moves to Webb, planned for the last week in November first week of December, will move ~300 cages each weekday, over 3 weeks, but only after direct communication with those impacted
    • The renovation of ZRB 10 will accommodate all animals and procedure space of the animals relocated from LHRB
    • Construction on ZRB 10 has commenced, and as of this week demolition is ~70% complete.
    • No construction waste chute from ZRB 10 required.
    • The renovation of ZRB 10 is expected to finish in the Summer of 2022, at which time plans will be made for moving displaced colonies to their permanent homes.
    • Equipment to fit out ZRB 10 has already been ordered to eliminate long lead times and minimize delay after construction is complete.

    Erik Dohm | Executive Director
    Animal Resources Program
    UAB | The University of Alabama at Birmingham
    P: 205.934.5558 | M: 205.266.8899 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Closure of LHRB animal facility - update 10-18-2021

    Dear LHRB Animal Users:

    It was great to see many of you in the virtual meetings we had this week. If you were unable to join, there is a copy of the power point I used on the “Closure of LHRB” website. The link to the file is on the left hand margin.

    We talked about a lot of great ideas this week. Here is a little follow up on the discussion.

    • ARP will provide access to a liquid nitrogen tank in the Webb animal facility.
    • There is a working community ice maker for research purposes on the third floor of Webb, room 331.
    • ARP will provide some sort of locking mechanism on the cabinetry in the Webb building procedure spaces.
    • ARP will have key card access installed on the doors to the Webb procedure spaces so that access can be controlled, and allow for agreements between users for sharing larger equipment, e.g. centrifuge, hot plate, scale, etc. that cannot be easily locked up.
    • There are now several volunteers that agreed to split their colonies between ZRB and Webb, e.g. breeders and non-experimental, or experimental animals that can be maintained in Webb stay there with the remaining in ZRB. The only way that will work though is if there is ample swing space remaining in ZRB so when cages need to go back to ZRB there is space for them.
    Therefore, I am looking for any and all volunteers that can split their colony and keep only those animals critical to stay in ZRB in ZRB, sending the rest to Webb.

    Remember ZRB is not going to have the procedure space available in LHRB. Currently there is only one procedure room, ZRB 937, which has to be used for smoke exposure of animals daily for several hours. Currently that is also the only room that has a euthanasia station. Rooms are going to be near capacity to maximize the number of colonies that can remain in the facility. Knowing that, if you would like to ease the burden on the facility, and are willing to volunteer at least a portion of your colony to move to the Webb facility, please email me with an estimate of the number of cages from your colony you would like to stay in ZRB, and the number that can go to Webb. Also please indicate the number that may be needed for swing space, e.g., moved from Webb to ZRB for experiments, behavior testing, etc. Any colonies that can be split this way will be greatly appreciated by all. :-)

    Otherwise, like last week there is not much update. Similar to last week:

    • Remodeled animal rooms on ZRB 8 did not pass inspection this week.
      • The contractor cannot remove a steam line that needs to be removed in ZRB 836, it will need a steam shutdown to remove. Scheduling is underway.
    • Emergency power install in Webb continues and is progressing well.
      • Final inspection is expected early next week. Facility cleaning is scheduled as soon as the emergency power install is confirmed complete. An open house seems like it will be possible the last week of October.

    Those are the only true updates I have for this week. Below is the running summary for perspective of what is actually happening when we close LHRB. In the meantime, there are possible follow up virtual meetings in the coming weeks. They will be arranged through the Department of Medicine as needed/requested. Nevertheless, please feel free to contact me directly with any questions or concerns. I do the best I can to get back to them as quickly as possible.

    Sincerely,

    Erik

    Running summary of what I know of the move - changes/additions in italics:

    • Current census has just under 4000 enclosures-individually counted animals in LHRB.
    • There are 593 rat cages in LHRB, but I may have alternate housing for ~100 cages, which will help a great deal, and may allow me to open up additional existing rooms in ZRB. Thank you to those investigators working with me on that.
    • There are ~3200 cages of mice in LHRB. I estimate that approximately ~1400 mouse cages are slated to either relocate to the remodeled space in ZRB, or other locations other than Webb. This leaves ~1800 mouse cages to move to the Webb building.
    • I have requests for colonies amounting to ~430 cages of mice to try and accommodate in ZRB somewhere. I am working to meet these requests if possible.
      • For all animals staying in ZRB, the rooms are going to be at maximum capacity.
      There is already a swing space room for mice, for the behavior core, but I am expecting to need another/part of another, if there is good response to the idea of separating breeders and other non-ZRB critical animals for moving to Webb
    • I estimate a capacity in Webb of ~2600 mouse cages, at 80% occupancy on the racks. Webb currently has ample space. I also have two rooms, ~100sf each, not currently included in the plan for housing, that could be used for special equipment, etc.
    • Everything from LHRB, equipment and animals, must move out no later than December 31st, 2021.
    • All rat colonies from LHRB will be relocated to the remodeled ZRB cage wash rooms sometime during October – November, and only after direct communication with those impacted.
    • All USDA AWA covered species from LHRB (ferrets, chinchillas) will be relocated to the remodeled rooms ZRB 829 and 831 sometime during October – November, and only after direct communication with those impacted.
    • The LHRB mouse colonies of Agarwal, Curtis, George, Hjelmeland (yellow colony), Xie, Yoder, Young, and hopefully others as space allows, will be relocated primarily into the remodeled ZRB rooms 833, 835, and 836, or incorporated into other existing equivalent ZRB colonies sometime during October – November, and only after direct communication with those impacted.
    • The LHRB Young mouse colony is going to be split into breeders and non-ZRB critical animals to allow for more room in ZRB for other colonies.
    • The LHRB Young CLAMS system will be moved to laboratory space if environmental conditions are acceptable, freeing up specialized space for other uses.
    • The biosafety cabinet from LHRB 852 (Agarwal room) will be relocated probably with that same colony because it is VA owned equipment and must be tracked.
    • The LHRB mouse colonies of Alexander and Cortes will move to BBRB under individual arrangement to separate locations starting in October and concluding before December 31st.
    • The LHRB Xenopus tropicalis rack will move to ZRB 907/907A sometime late December, and only after direct communication with those impacted.
    • The LHRB Young Clams system will move to ZRB 931 sometime during October – December, and only after direct communication with those impacted.
    • Common ARP anesthesia/procedure stations, and euthanasia station for ZRB are already located in ZRB 937, and will be supplemented with at least one additional anesthesia machine.
    • The Webb animal facility emergency power install started 9/29 and is expected to take 2-3 weeks.
    • Once the Webb animal facility emergency power install is complete ARP will have an open house of the facility expected mid-late October.
    • Moves of colonies by ARP staff to the Webb animal facility is currently planned to start the last week in November first week of December, and conservatively take 3 weeks, moving approximately 300 cages each weekday, and only after direct communication with those impacted.
    • The renovation of ZRB 10 will accommodate all animals and procedure space of the animals relocated from LHRB.
    • Construction on ZRB 10 has commenced as of this week.
    • There is expected to be a construction waste chute from the window on ZRB 10 just to the right as you exit the passenger elevator lobby, and extending down to a receptacle at street level.
    • The renovation of ZRB 10 is expected to finish in the Summer of 2022, at which time plans will be made for moving displaced colonies to their permanent homes.
    • Equipment to fit out ZRB 10 has already been ordered to eliminate long lead times and minimize delay after construction is complete.

    Erik Dohm | Executive Director
    Animal Resources Program
    UAB | The University of Alabama at Birmingham
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  • Closure of LHRB animal facility - update 10-08-2021

    Dear LHRB Animal Users:

    In this installment I am happy to announce a website that chronicles each of these messages for your reference at any time. The webpage link is on the ARP website front page, www.uab.edu/arp about half way down. Eventually I intend to have FAQs and other information as they arise. Thank you for the quick actions of the Research IT team to get the website up and running.

    The Department of Medicine has also set up some virtual information sessions with me next week. Those meetings are as follows, and from what I understand are loosely based on DOM divisions, but I am sure if there are scheduling conflicts that joining another meeting will not be a problem.

    • Pulmonary Division on 10/12/21 at 4PM
    • Nephrology Division on 10/13/21 at 10AM
    • Cardiology Division on 10/14/21 at 12PM

    If you do not have an invitation please contact DOM office.

    Otherwise, there is not much update yet this week. Similar to last week:

    • Remodeled animal rooms on ZRB 8 were not finished this week.
      • The contractor has been in touch and assures us that the job will finish up next week.
    • Emergency power install in Webb continues and is progressing well.
      • Over half of the install is complete, and they are expected to finish next week. We can then clean the facility and schedule an open house for all interested.
    • I have received concerns from several of you with specifics about your experiments. It will be great to discuss them further in the meetings next week.
      • Items of note are colonies kept in LHRB specifically for access to the ZRB Behavior Core.
      • Colonies that require equipment set ups currently in LHRB, presenting a particular hardship on those investigators.
      • Because of these concerns I have been spending time to see if there are any ways to move animals around and create more space in ZRB. Several PIs in ZRB have graciously agreed to consolidate colonies, etc. to free up much needed space. The ZRB 8 remodeled rooms are critical to get finished so that we can confirm how much space is available.

    Those are the only true updates I have for this week. I am adding some numbers to the running summary below to give some perspective of what is actually happening when we close LHRB. In the meantime, I am looking forward to the meetings next week, but understand in a group session like this, you may feel like your voice is not heard. Therefore, please feel free to contact me directly with any questions or concerns. I do the best I can to get back to them as quickly as possible.

    Sincerely,

    Erik

    Running summary of what I know of the move:

    • Current census has just under 4000 enclosures-individually counted animals in LHRB.
    • There are 593 rat cages in LHRB, but I may have alternate housing for ~100 cages, which will help a great deal, and may allow me to open up additional existing rooms in ZRB. Thank you to those investigators working with me on that.
    • There are ~3200 cages of mice in LHRB. I estimate that approximately ~1400 mouse cages are slated to either relocate to the remodeled space in ZRB, or other locations other than Webb. This leaves ~1800 mouse cages to move to the Webb building.
    • I have requests for colonies amounting to ~430 cages of mice to try and accommodate in ZRB somewhere. I am working to meet these requests if possible.
      • For all animals staying in ZRB, the rooms are going to be at maximum capacity.
    • I estimate a capacity in Webb of ~2600 mouse cages, at 80% occupancy on the racks. Webb currently has ample space. I also have two rooms, ~100sf each, not currently included in the plan for housing, that could be used for special equipment, etc.
    • Everything from LHRB, equipment and animals, must move out no later than December 31st, 2021.
    • All rat colonies from LHRB will be relocated to the remodeled ZRB cage wash rooms sometime during October – November, and only after direct communication with those impacted.
    • All USDA AWA covered species from LHRB (ferrets, chinchillas) will be relocated to the remodeled rooms ZRB 829 and 831 sometime during October – November, and only after direct communication with those impacted.
    • The LHRB mouse colonies of Agarwal, Curtis, George, Hjelmeland (yellow colony), Xie, Yoder, Young, and hopefully others as space allows, will be relocated primarily into the remodeled ZRB rooms 833, 835, and 836, or incorporated into other existing equivalent ZRB colonies sometime during October – November, and only after direct communication with those impacted.
    • The biosafety cabinet from LHRB 852 (Agarwal room) will be relocated probably with that same colony because it is VA owned equipment and must be tracked.
    • The LHRB mouse colonies of Alexander and Cortes will move to BBRB under individual arrangement to separate locations starting in October and concluding before December 31st.
    • The LHRB Xenopus tropicalis rack will move to ZRB 907/907A sometime late December, and only after direct communication with those impacted.
    • The LHRB Young Clams system will move to ZRB 931 sometime during October – December, and only after direct communication with those impacted.
    • Common ARP anesthesia/procedure stations, and euthanasia station for ZRB are already located in ZRB 937, and will be supplemented with at least one additional anesthesia machine.
    • The Webb animal facility emergency power install started 9/29 and is expected to take 2-3 weeks.
    • Once the Webb animal facility emergency power install is complete ARP will have an open house of the facility expected mid-late October.
    • Moves of colonies by ARP staff to the Webb animal facility is currently planned to start the last week in November first week of December, and conservatively take 3 weeks, moving approximately 300 cages each weekday, and only after direct communication with those impacted.
    • The renovation of ZRB 10 will accommodate all animals and procedure space of the animals relocated from LHRB.
    • Construction on ZRB 10 will commence soon, but no date is currently set.
    • There is expected to be a construction waste chute from the window on ZRB 10 just to the right as you exit the passenger elevator lobby, and extending down to a receptacle at street level.
    • The renovation of ZRB 10 is expected to finish in the Summer of 2022, at which time plans will be made for moving displaced colonies to their permanent homes.
    • Equipment to fit out ZRB 10 has already been ordered to eliminate long lead times and minimize delay after construction is complete.

    Erik Dohm | Executive Director
    Animal Resources Program
    UAB | The University of Alabama at Birmingham
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  • Closure of LHRB animal facility - update 09-24-2021

    Dear LHRB Animal Users:

    I plan to send out a weekly status updates on Fridays on the closure of the LHRB animal facility to keep you informed with the latest information I know. There is lots of anxiety about the move, all of which is entirely understandable, but I am hoping with more information it will lessen a little. This message is quite long because it is the first to all LHRB PIs and include their staff contacts. It also responds to some questions I already received. I expect future messages to be much shorter, so please bear with me through this one. I will start with a quick summary of all I know at this time, then provide more details and finally answer some questions that I have already received.

    To quickly summarize what I know to date:

    • Everything from LHRB, equipment and animals, must move out no later than December 31st, 2021.
    • All rat colonies from LHRB will be relocated to the remodeled ZRB cage wash rooms sometime during October – November, and only after direct communication with those impacted.
    • All USDA AWA covered species from LHRB (ferrets, chinchillas) will be relocated to the remodeled rooms ZRB 829 and 831 sometime during October – November, and only after direct communication with those impacted.
    • The LHRB mouse colonies of Agarwal, Curtis, George, Hjelmeland (yellow colony), Xie, Yoder, Young, and hopefully others as space allows, will be relocated primarily into the remodeled ZRB rooms 833, 835, and 836, or incorporated into other existing equivalent ZRB colonies sometime during October – November, and only after direct communication with those impacted. The biosafety cabinet from LHRB 852 (Agarwal room) will be relocated probably with that same colony because it is VA owned equipment and must be tracked.
    • The LHRB mouse colonies of Alexander and Cortes will move to BBRB under individual arrangement to separate locations starting in October and concluding before December 31st.
    • The LHRB Xenopus tropicalis rack will move to ZRB 907/907A sometime late December, and only after direct communication with those impacted.
    • The LHRB Young Clams system will move to ZRB 931 sometime during October – December, and only after direct communication with those impacted.
    • Common ARP anesthesia/procedure stations, and euthanasia station for ZRB are already located in ZRB 937, and will be supplemented with at least one additional anesthesia machine.
    • The Webb animal facility emergency power install starts 9/29 and is expected to take 2-3 weeks.
    • Once the Webb animal facility emergency power install is complete ARP will have an open house of the facility expected mid-late October.
    • Moves of colonies by ARP staff to the Webb animal facility is currently planned to start the last week in November first week of December, and conservatively take 3 weeks, moving approximately 300 cages each weekday, and only after direct communication with those impacted.
    • The renovation of ZRB 10 will accommodate all animals and procedure space of the animals relocated from LHRB.
    • Construction on ZRB 10 will commence soon, but no date is currently set.
    • There is expected to be a construction waste chute from the window on ZRB 10 just to the right as you exit the passenger elevator lobby, and extending down to a receptacle at street level.
    • The renovation of ZRB 10 is expected to finish in the Summer of 2022, at which time plans will be made for moving displaced colonies to their permanent homes.
    • Equipment to fit out ZRB 10 has already been ordered to eliminate long lead times and minimize delay after construction is complete.

    Now for the details. First let me address timing. Please understand this is a very fluid situation, much of which is dependent on previously stable industries like construction, which are now extremely volatile and have greatly disrupted supply chains. Nevertheless, my plan all along was not to move animals any sooner than is absolutely necessary to minimize the length of time colonies are in alternate locations. Therefore, currently I am planning on moving those colonies scheduled to go to Webb starting the last week of November, first week of December with ARP staff moving one Webb size room’s worth of animals a day (~300 cages). Conservatively this will take three weeks leaving us approximately a two week buffer before the December 31st deadline to be out of LHRB.

    However, now the fluidity of the situation comes in since the rooms in Webb are not yet ready to receive animals given that the animals must be on ventilated racks or they will not fit, and ventilated racks must be on emergency power. The Webb facility does not yet have emergency power installed in the animal rooms. Today I was given a firm date for them to start the install of Wednesday next week, which is wonderful. The install is supposed to take two to three weeks, so as long as it stays on schedule it will give us some buffer ahead of the planned November/December moves if necessary. In addition, it also gives us the opportunity to have a mid to late October Webb animal facility open house, which several have asked for.

    As for those colonies staying in the newly remodeled space (old cage wash, autoclave area, etc.) on ZRB 8. I had hoped to possibly start some of those LHRB colony relocations as early as this week after coordinating directly with those involved, but the rooms are not yet ready. Nevertheless, moving those colonies sooner rather than later, allows me the opportunity to maximize the number of colonies that can remain in ZRB.

    Planning for meetings with me at the Division or Department level are underway but not yet finalized. At those meetings I will be happy to take your questions and hear concerns. Alternatively feel free to contact me with questions. I will do the best I can to address them and incorporate them into the next weekly message for all to see. Many of the requests to date, are asking to keep colonies in ZRB instead of moving. I can promise that I am maximizing the space available, but there is simply not an unlimited amount, so there is no way around a good number of colonies having to go to Webb temporarily until the renovations of ZRB 10 are done in the Summer of 2022. I am open to creative ideas though, and will be happy to consider them within the constraints of the space we have. Thank you very much for your time, help and understanding.

    Sincerely,

    Erik

    Erik Dohm | Executive Director
    Animal Resources Program
    UAB | The University of Alabama at Birmingham
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  • Closure of LHRB animal facility - update 09-22-2021

    Dear Colleagues,

    I am hearing of tremendous anxiety about the animal moves from LHRB, which is entirely understandable. I hope to alleviate, at least a little, the part of that anxiety that stems from uncertainty about the time frame. Please understand this is a very fluid situation, much of which is dependent on previously stable industries like construction, which are now extremely volatile and have greatly disrupted supply chains. However, the tentative plan for those moving to the Webb animal facility is for ARP staff to move one Webb size room’s worth of animals a day (~300 cages) starting the last week of November, first week of December. Conservatively this will take three weeks leaving us approximately a two week buffer before the December 31st deadline to be out of LHRB.

    I am assured that the emergency power install in Webb is still on a mid to late October timeline, although apparently the electrical panel needed to get started did not arrive as expected last week. Nevertheless, assuming it is completed as indicated, then by mid to late October the Webb building will be ready for an open house for all of you and your staff to tour the space.

    My plan all along was not to move animals any sooner than is absolutely necessary, but that is also where the fluidity of the situation comes in. Perhaps based on feedback from you, waiting that long is not optimal. If that is the case some moves, based on individual preference and within reason, could occur earlier assuming the emergency power install is finished as planned. For that type of option, I can only promise to let you know as soon as I know, and at this point, I know the emergency power install in Webb has not started yet. Once started, the install is projected to take approximately two to three weeks.

    For those staying in the newly remodeled rooms on ZRB 8, those rooms are not ready yet either. I had hoped to possibly start some of those colony relocations as early as this week after coordinating directly with those involved, but it will be at least another week before those moves are possible. Moving those colonies sooner rather than later, allows me the opportunity to maximize the number of colonies that can remain in ZRB, but it requires the rooms to be ready first.

    I was planning on no less than a monthly update for you, but it is clear that is not frequent enough from the feedback I receive. Therefore, I plan to start weekly updates. There may be little change in the situation from week to week but you will know what I know. In addition, I plan to include the staff contacts along with all of you for all future messages. Please let me know your thoughts, questions your staff are asking you, etc., by the end of the day tomorrow, and I will plan the first weekly update to all LHRB PIs and staff starting on Friday. In addition, the Department of Medicine is setting up a series of faculty meetings with me for the Divisions most impacted. I already met with the CDIB faculty, and I would like to do the same for Surgery Departments, and Dentistry investigators, which together account for the bulk of the remaining colonies. Please let me know the best contacts for arranging those meetings.

    Sincerely,

    Erik

    Erik Dohm | Executive Director
    Animal Resources Program
    UAB | The University of Alabama at Birmingham
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  • Closure of LHRB animal facility - update 09-10-2021

    Dear LHRB PI animal users,

    Planning for vacating LHRB, including the 8th floor animal facility is ongoing, but I wanted to provide an update with the most recent information available to me. Time is precious to everyone so here are the bullet points, with more detail below.

    • All LHRB rat colonies will move to new housing areas (ZRB 838 and 839) in ZRB.
    • LHRB larger animal colonies (ferrets/chinchillas) will move to ZRB 829 and 831 respectively.
    • Xenopus tropicalis colony will move to ZRB 907/907A.
    • LHRB mouse colonies of Agarwal (George), Young, and Yoder will move to ZRB 833, 835, and 836 respectively.
    • All remaining LHRB mouse colonies will move to the Webb animal facility.
    • Demolition/renovation of the ZRB 10th floor for replacement animal facility space will most likely start within the next two weeks. When construction starts there will be a waste chute placed on the front of ZRB near the ZRB passenger elevators.
    • The ZRB 10th floor animal facility is scheduled to be finished in May 2022. Equipment for outfitting has already been ordered. The space will accommodate all of former LHRB animals.
    • All occupants including equipment and animals must be out of LHRB no later than the end of December. Construction starts on the new Genomics building January 2022.

    Please distribute this message to lab staff as appropriate. I only included LHRB PIs at this time. There are more details below for those that are interested. I am working to present this information and take questions to small faculty groups, e.g. departmental faculty meetings, etc. However, in the interim, I am happy to take questions or concerns directly. Please feel free to contact me. Thank you very much for your time, help and understanding. The 10th floor animal facility is going to be amazing space, we just have to get through this challenge.

    Sincerely,

    Erik

    Erik Dohm | Executive Director
    Animal Resources Program
    UAB | The University of Alabama at Birmingham
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    Further details on the bullet points above are that the upgrades of rooms on the ZRB 8th floor to housing rooms should be complete within the next two weeks. With those upgrades ZRB will accommodate all the rat colonies from LHRB, in the former clean and dirty side of cage wash. ZRB 829 and 831 are slated for large animal colonies – ferrets, and biohazardous chinchillas alternating with ferrets, respectively. This leaves 3 remaining housing rooms for mice. The current plan is to move the 3 largest mouse colonies from LHRB into those rooms. Once that is done there may be some room for additional small colonies to join them, but the space will be very limited. The remaining colonies will have to be relocated to the Webb animal facility.

    The Webb building is located immediately across from the Lister Hill Library on University Boulevard. The animal facility does not currently house any rodents, and all rooms have been sterilized with vaporized hydrogen peroxide from the previous occupants of the housing rooms. It requires an upgrade to the electrical system to get it on emergency power before ventilated racks can move in. Supplies are ordered for this upgrade and it is anticipated to be complete by mid-October. There are procedure rooms in Webb, and we will be setting up anesthesia equipment, etc. transferred from LHRB. There is cabinetry in those spaces so if needed/desired cabinets can be assigned to PIs to store supplies rather than needing to transport them back and forth.

    Regardless, it is understood that having your colonies blocks away from your labs is a problem, and we plan to help mitigate the situation by arranging special ARP transports exclusively for your animals between Webb and locations in and round ZRB. There have been several suggestions, and I welcome other ideas. One of the most promising is some form of a specified drop off point in both Webb and ZRB with specific pickup and drop off times. The pickup and drop off times will have to be within the regular working day, but we envision no request forms required, except perhaps a login sheet of some sort at the pickup/ drop off locations. Other ideas are some sort of “on demand” request system and/or standing transport requests. There is also a possibility of housing small numbers of experimental animals in ZRB in a common room. I have to see how the existing ZRB colonies can be arranged before offering as a viable option, but I am actively investigating.

    The demolition of the ZRB 10th floor, which will ultimately receive your colonies when complete, is slated to begin most likely the week after next. There is going to be a construction waste chute installed on the front side of ZRB near the ZRB passenger elevators. There will be noise from this but given the scale of the renovation is much smaller than MCLM it should be significantly less than that, at least in time frame, for those that experienced the MCLM chutes. The schedule for construction to complete is still May 2022. Construction work in LHRB is still scheduled to start January 2022, so everything needs to be vacated from the LHRB animal facility no later than the end of December.

    I do not have specific room assignments in Webb yet. The rooms are fairly uniform, and will accommodate approximately 300-400 cages each. The plan is to have a cage changing station or biosafety cabinet in every room. I will do my best to no break up colonies from different PIs already housed in the same room. Again please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns.

  • Closure of LHRB animal facility - update 06-16-2021

    July 2021-->May 2022 ZRB CONSTRUCTION ISSUES--Behavioral Core

    Dear Behavioral Core Users (please forward to colleagues that might need this information):

    Due to upcoming construction in Lyons-Harrison Building, two construction projects will be happening on ZRB 8th floor and on ZRB 10th floor in the coming months. This will result in noise or vibrations. We will try to notify users via this listserve ahead of any forseeable extra loud or extra vibration-causing activities, though noise will likely be an intermittent issue throughout the process.

    All dates are subject to change depending on progress of construction. Here is what is currently planned:

    1. ZRB 8—early July, 2021 through end of October 2021 —Removal and renovations of cage wash and autoclave rooms including bouts of noisy sawing of metal will occur. This will be on the internal rooms behind where we house animals undergoing behaviors in ZRB. No core drilling of concrete is expected, so the main issue will be noise rather than vibration.
    2. ZRB 10—September 2021 through May 2022—complete gutting and renovation of ZRB 10th floor to create additional animal housing, to include core drilling of concrete at times, so expect noise and at times vibration issues.

    If you are doing behavior in ZRB 8 or ZRB 9 during this time, you will be able to continue to access these areas. All of your animals housed there would be subject to the same stressors during housing, though we cannot guarantee that your animals will always be experiencing the same stressors during the experiment (unless you pair mice and run controls with experimental at the same time).

    If you are doing behaviors that are duplicated in the RSB Behavioral Core Space, then an alternative would be to go to Qreserve for the “McKnight Behavioral Core” and sign up for rooms/equipment in that facility. We do not have a common room for behavioral housing over there, so you would also need to contact ARP to identify housing space for your cohort as needed.

    ZRB Behavioral Core Qreserve is found here:my.qreserve.com

    RSB Behavioral Core Qreserve is found here:my.qreserve.com

    If you would like access to either of these Qreserves, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    As always, if you experience any challenges in either behavioral core space, please reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Managing Director.

    I am happy to answer any questions you might have about this. I may not have all the answers, but I can help to advise and provide what I know and who to contact to find the answers.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    As always, for housing issues, please contact the appropriate ARP representative.

    We apologize for this necessary inconvenience. Know that it cannot be avoided. Current Lyons-Harrison animal facility users are having to move their animals twice. Such disruptions are required for progress on the Lyons-Harrison renovations to create beautiful new space for our campus.

    Sincerely,

    Craig Powell

    Craig M. Powell, M.D., Ph.D. | Professor & Chair
    Department of Neurobiology

  • Closure of LHRB animal facility - update 04-22-2021

    Upcoming shutdown of LHRB animal facility

    Dear Colleagues,

    Many of you have heard that LHRB is scheduled to undergo extensive renovation starting in January 2022. As part of the renovation the animal facility on LHRB 8 must be vacated. Nevertheless, it is not anticipated that any animal moves will occur before December of this year.

    Planning for vacating LHRB 8 has been ongoing since the end of last year, and I am happy to say that eventually all former LHRB colonies will find a home in spectacular new facilities on ZRB 10. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts ZRB 10 will not be ready before LHRB must be empty. Therefore, colonies will have to be relocated temporarily to other ARP facilities for a short period while ZRB 10 is completed. The temporary relocation plans are underway but not yet complete. However, rest assured that as soon as they are, we will communicate the details. Once we have a more solidified temporary relocation plan we will hold informational sessions. Until then please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns, although please understand that I do not have specific information on which ARP facilities will serve as temporary housing at this time.

    Sincerely,

    Erik

    Erik Dohm | Executive Director
    Animal Resources Program
    UAB | The University of Alabama at Birmingham
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