The University of Utah Institutional Council has approved construction of a $6 million addition to the Animal Resources Building that will house rodents used in research.

To be located on the building's east side and containing approximately 29,000 square feet, the addition would include animal cage rooms for the rodents, anterooms, procedure rooms, storage and locker rooms and pharmacy space. The project would also include remodeling of the existing cage-wash room and renovation of the cage-wash equipment.Walter Gnemi, U. vice president for administrative services, said World War II-vintage barracks that now house the rodent projects have labeled as deficient by accreditation groups, and the U. risks losing federally funded research without the new facility.

The Utah Legislature funded $3.1 million of the new addition, and the additional $2.9 million will come from overhead and other institutional funds, Gnemi said.