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CSRB FEMA Mitigation Project Update

The FEMA mitigation project for the Medical Education Building (MEB) and Clinical Sciences Research Building (CSRB) recently began (Spring 2017). This project includes the construction of a vivarium on the west side of the CSRB, construction of a power generation building adjacent to the Roman Street parking garage, and new roofs on all elevated walkways. An additional elevated walkway will also be built between the MEB and CSRB for animal transport.


The new vivarium will be an eight-story addition to the back side of the CSRB (west elevation). Its construction will generate significant noise and vibration that may impact existing CSRB functions. The noise and vibration will be more concentrated during demolition of the concrete drive, during pile driving, and while attaching the concrete structure of the addition to the existing building. Later during construction there will be scheduled electrical and air conditioning outages that will impact the existing vivarium.


Current Plans

  • January 2017:  Pile driving

  • Late Summer 2017:  Begin construction

  • Construction duration: 30 months


Plans Going Forward

  • Continue fact-finding and creating mitigation options for animals during the expansion

  • Continue logistic mapping of animal relocation procedures, as needed during construction

  • Develop communication pipeline to keep all parties abreast of construction and research animal related development.


April 2017 Update

Pile driving tests have been completed, with four pilings installed behind the CSRB. The start of CSRB annex construction with full scale pile driving will begin in the fall of 2017; please note rodents will be moved to the Louisiana Cancer Research Center (LCRC) before full scale construction begins. Researchers whose experiments are sound or vibration sensitive are advised to plan accordingly in advance of testing and construction.

A timeline for move-in at the LCRC can be found below:

LCRC vivarium move in timeline - April


Please check back soon for further construction updates, and thank you for your patience!