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Animal Research and Care Facility (ARCF)


Stainless Steel Cage Washer

Members of the Animal Research and Care Facility (ARCF) Project Committee presented the proposed facility at the City/University Community Advisory Committee (CUCAC) meeting held November 12, 2013. The CUCAC consists of a 16 representatives appointed by surrounding communities and the UW.

On November 14, 2013, the University of Washington Board of Regents unanimously approved moving forward with the new multi-species Animal Research and Care Facility (ARCF). Detailed planning and development is ongoing and will continue through early 2015. Construction is projected to begin in mid-2015 and extend into 2017 with the building being ready for occupancy in August 2017. This new facility will further advances in science and medicine and create a more centralized, efficient and flexible facility to address current and future research needs at the University of Washington.



ARCF Frequently Asked Questions

Why does the UW need a new building for animal research?
The UW seeks a new animal research building to continue its commitment to excellent animal care and critical medical research. The new building will allow the University to increase the size of its research program and allow more investigators to pursue new scientific and medical advances which benefit both human and animal populations. The new building will also allow the University to continue providing the highest levels of animal care in more efficient, flexible facilities. The changing nature of biomedical research requires more sophisticated facilities and the new building will help maintain the University’s status as a world-class teaching and research institution.

Will it be on the main UW campus in Seattle?
Yes. The building is designed to be built near the Magnuson Health Sciences complex, between the current Foege and Hitchcock Buildings. The location places it very close to many of the researchers who will use the new facility, making it both convenient and efficient. In fact the building will provide better connections between several parts of the South Campus research enterprise. The building will be constructed as an underground facility with the latest technologic advances for cost-effective, efficient research and animal support. The underground construction will also preserve the historic view corridor extending from campus to Portage Bay. An important element of the project will include extensive landscaping of the view corridor to improve both its appearance and function as a supportive open space for the University community.

Who will pay for this building?
No state funding or UW tuition dollars will be used to pay for the ARCF building. This project will be funded through the UW Internal Lending Program and the bonds paid by income from the agencies funding the research projects. Similarly, operating costs will largely be paid through per diem revenue derived from the research projects using the space. The University has designed a responsible, progressive funding plan which will not unduly burden either the students or the state tax payers but will allow the University to add critical, state-of-the-art facilities to support important medical research.

When will it be built?
Final approval for the project by the UW Board of Regents is required before any construction can occur. Following approval by the Regents, construction is anticipated to take approximately 3.5 years. We hope to achieve final approval in the near future with final design and construction to commence soon after.

What type of animals will be in the building?
The ARCF is designed to be very flexible, anticipating the changing needs of medical research in the future. As such, it will be able to house many different species at the same time. The overwhelming majority of animals will be small animals, especially rodents such as mice and rats. Fewer numbers of large animals including species such as rabbits, pigs, nonhuman primates, and others will also be housed in the ARCF. The specific variety of species and numbers of animals will be determined by the needs of the research community.

What does ARCF mean?
ARCF stands for Animal Research and Care Facility. We chose the name to describe the primary functions of this new facility. The UW is a world-class leader in research and approximately 40% of our sponsored life-sciences research grants (federal and other) depend on laboratory animal research. The animals who contribute so much to this critical research and the scientists who develop new medical and scientific advances will have a state-of-the-art, efficient facility that meets current and projected needs. The Care part of the building name is important to truly understand this building and our approach to animal care.

The UW is fully accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC). Continued full accreditation demonstrates the UW’s commitment to responsible, ethical and humane animal care and use. It also recognizes that our program not only meets the standards required by law but that we have taken the additional steps to achieve excellence in animal care and use. Our highly-trained animal care personnel include veterinarians, animal behavior specialists, animal care support technicians and psychological well-being staff. The USDA routinely visits our facilities on unscheduled inspections to ensure our animal care practices and housing meet federal standards. Our most recent, unscheduled inspection by the USDA (August 13-16, 2013) found us fully in compliance with regulatory requirements.


UW Animal Care and Research Facility Project Committee:

David Anderson, Co-Chair
Health Sciences Administration, Washington National Primate Research Center

Denny Liggitt, Co-Chair
Department of Comparative Medicine

Rebecca Barnes
Office of Planning & Budget

Thea Brabb
Department of Comparative Medicine

John Chapman
Facilities Services

David Eaton
Environmental and Occupational Health Services

Bob Ennes
Health Sciences Administration

Sheri Mizumori
Department of Psychology

Jill Morelli
Facilities, School of Medicine

Sally Thompson-Iritani
Office of Animal Welfare

John Slattery
Research and Graduate Education

John Vinson
University Police Department

Craig Wilson
University Police Department

 

Ex Officio Members:

Michael Carette
Office of Planning & Budget

Kurt Jensen
Capital Projects Office

Tina Mankowski
HS/UW Medicine Strategic Communications & Marketing

Eric Smith
Capital Projects Office