The first phase of the Animal Research Facility Renovation project consisted of renovating the previously unused rooftop space in an existing Clark Atlanta University laboratory building into CAU’s future Cancer Research Center.

This required demolition of existing structures and the construction of a new 7-story steel stair and elevator tower, which will provide direct access to the penthouse level, will become the newly renovated lab space for animal research in subsequent phases.

Site logistics for the vertical transportation tower proved challenging, but the project team overcame all obstacles to successfully complete this phase of the renovation on time and on budget. One major solution was to maintain the existing service elevator, saving the project extraordinary costs.

The future state-of-the-art Animal Research laboratory will have laboratory-grade HVAC, control, illumination, drainage, animal housing, and processing systems.