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Defining Environmental Control and Monitoring Requirements for Laboratory Animal Facilities

Dan Frasier, Cornerstone Commissioning, Inc.


Today's Laboratory Animal Facilities are being pushed to the limit for space, flexibility, and state-of-the-art technologies, such as automated cage wash areas, implantable data-chips in animals and specialty housing systems. Therefore, capturing the project requirements for these buildings is a critical task before getting too deep into the design and construction processes.

This presentation will discuss:

  • Methods and resources for obtaining these requirements.
  • The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, a necessary reference for the construction and operation of facilities that house animals for research.
  • AAALAC accreditation and its effect on the design and operation of the environmental control and monitoring systems for these facilities.
  • The role of the commissioning process.


Dan Frasier is a registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts and is the president of Cornerstone Commissioning, Inc. of North Andover, MA. Dan has a diverse, hands-on background in design, installation, service, commissioning, and promotion of HVAC Systems, with a specialization in controls for Scientific Laboratory, Vivarium and Healthcare facilities. He developed skills in the installation, service and operation of plumbing and heating systems during ten years of fieldwork in his family's mechanical contracting company, Frasier's, Inc. After earning his bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics from the University of Minnesota, Dan worked for United McGill Corporation, specializing in duct design methods, acoustics, and sales management.

After McGill, Dan moved to Syracuse and then to Boston as a sales engineer for HVAC manufacturer's representative firms spanning 1991 to 1999. He promoted, specified, designed and commissioned technical products for each of the companies, focusing on custom air handling units, variable frequency drives and environmental control systems for university and pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, and large commercial projects. From 1999 to May, 2002, he worked for Phoenix Controls Corporation, the leading manufacturer of airflow control systems for critical environments, where he authored articles and books on laboratory fume hood applications and laboratory animal facilities. He worked with design teams for more than 40 laboratory facilities and served on industry standards committees for laboratories and vivariums.

Dan's passion for serving owners through construction projects to deliver fully functional buildings and his diverse experience in the HVAC field resulted in the establishment of Cornerstone Commissioning, Inc. in 2001.

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, & Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
  • Chair of Technical Committee TC2.2, Plant & Animal Environments
  • Society appointed Liaison to American Association for Laboratory Animal Science
  • Past-President, Treasurer and Program Chair of Granite State Chapter
  • American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS)
  • Chair of AALAS Affiliate Organization: ASHRAE TC2.2
  • International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE)
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
  • Board for Architects, Engineers and Building Officials
  • Scientific Equipment and Furniture Association (SEFA)
  • SEFA Fume Hood Standards Committee

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