Vivarium Design Company

End-to-end vivarium design and management.

Ready to build a private on-site vivarium? Start with Explora’s Vivarium-in-a-Box® design and planning solutions to get it done right. With nearly two decades of custom vivarium planning experience, we understand how to design vivaria for comfortable, efficient, and scalable operations.

Vivarium Design  Services

Don’t waste time and resources designing a vivarium yourself. When you work with Explora, we’ll streamline the design process and provide you with the vivarium plan you need to conduct efficient studies. We’ll ensure your new custom vivarium layout is designed with the efficiency you need today and the growth capabilities you’ll want tomorrow. Explora’s vivarium experience and relationships minimize the back and forth between contractors and landlords that can otherwise lead to months of delay. Once built, we layer in our OnSite services to get your new vivarium research operations up and running in as little as three weeks.

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What You Can Expect

Plan Smart from the Start

  • Consolidate your real estate discussions with Explora's network of vivarium-experienced brokers and landlords
  • Ensure your real estate accepts vivaria and meets the operational needs critical for smooth research functions before you sign a lease
  • Space-maximizing designs that avoid unusable square footage and account for future growth

Move In and Start Quickly

  • Eliminate project creep with Explora's vivarium project management expertise
  • Rapid access to our experienced husbandry, facility management, and regulatory staff
  • Expedited IACUC protocol approval processes
  • Access capital equipment up to 75% faster than with self-placed orders
  • No quarantine downtime when moving from an Explora OnDemand facility

Improve Your Research Efficiency

  • No more crowded vivarium rooms! Our efficient vivarium designs are optimized for staff comfort and colony health, and repeatable data
  • High health-quality rack and cage designs from Innovive
  • Access to local contract research services for supplemental support

Comparison

Building a Vivarium with Explora vs. DIY

At every stage of vivarium planning, design, staffing, and securing site compliance, Explora’s experienced team saves you weeks (sometimes months) of time, helping keep you on track to hit your milestones.

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Vivarium Design  Considerations

We understand the design and structural efficiencies needed for consistent, long-term operations. Architects with specific experience in vivaria will design your vivarium to your specifications.

ENVIRONMENT

  • Space Clearances
  • Hot and Cold Water Supply
  • Plans for Future Expansions
  • Ambient Humidity
  • Power Availability
  • And More

ARCHITECTURAL

  • Floor, Wall, and Ceiling Material and Style
  • Lighting Options
  • Doors and Hardware
  • And More

MECHANICAL

  • Air Supply
  • Room Pressure
  • Exhaust
  • Emergency Systems
  • And More

ELECTRICAL

  • Power
  • Lighting
  • Emergency Backups
  • Exit Signs and Fire Alarms

ENVIRONMENT

  • Space Clearances
  • Hot and Cold Water Supply
  • Plans for Future Expansions
  • Ambient Humidity
  • Power Availability
  • And More

ARCHITECTURAL

  • Floor, Wall, and Ceiling Material and Style
  • Lighting Options
  • Doors and Hardware
  • And More

MECHANICAL

  • Air Supply
  • Room Pressure
  • Exhaust
  • Emergency Systems
  • And More

ELECTRICAL

  • Power
  • Lighting
  • Emergency Backups
  • Exit Signs and Fire Alarms
PLUMBING

TELECOM

AND MORE
OnSite Vivarium  Management Support

Clients of Explora’s Vivarium-in-a-Box® solution receive OnSite services. Explora BioLabs’ OnSite solutions deliver the freedom your researchers need to focus on their studies and milestones while we manage your vivarium design, and staffing, compliance, logistics, and colony planning so you’re ready to start studies upon move-in. The flexibility of this service helps mitigate the risk of study delays and downtime.

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If you’re thinking of relocating, you should be considering real estate options 12 to 18 months prior to your move.

Don’t wait to start planning. Let Explora help.

Frequently Asked Questions
A vivarium laboratory is a facility in which scientists study the effects of drugs, medical devices, therapies, and other treatments using live animals in enclosures. Factors like humidity, temperature, and light are regulated to provide a stable environment animals as testing and observations progress.
A research vivarium requires highly specific lighting, heating, airflow, and temperature features to maintain a stable environment for conducting repeatable research. A vivarium also needs to operate under strict sanitation and care guidelines to reduce risk of pathogen contamination and protech the integrity of the research being performed.

Vivaria are often the most expensive lab space for a biotech or pharma company to build. The specialized requirements for real estate locations, security, air circulation, lighting, sanitation, and power systems contribute to higher real estate and building costs. The equipment used in a research vivarium also requires significant upfront capital investment. Early-stage biotech companies often turn to outsourced vivarium rental or contract research options to reduce capital investment during early business growth phases.

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