Jeffery Talka

Curriculum Vitae


  • Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Member, International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE)
  • Member, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
  • Member, Scientific Equipment and Furniture Association (SEFA)
  • Member, American Biological Safety Association (ABSA)
  • Member, American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS)

Education & Registration

  • Arch/1977/ Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
  • Registered Architect in NY, NJ, GA and FL
  • NCARB Certification
  • LEED Accredited Professional

Work Specifics

University of South Florida Research Foundation, Global Health and Infectious Disease Research Program Laboratories, Tampa, FL

Completed 2008


Interior laboratory fit out to support global work on infectious disease research   including Malaria and other arthropod borne agents. Project included a state of the art ACL-2 level Insectary which was showcased at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Biological Safety Association.

University of South Florida Research Foundation, Center for Biological Defense, Tampa, FL

Completed 2008


Interior laboratory fit out to support the expansion of the CBD program. Included is the modification of existing laboratory space to ABSL-3 to support research on Eastern Equine Encephalopathy, as well as planning to expand the ABSL-3 component to allow research on multiple agents and multiple species.


Institut Pasteur Research Laboratories, Seoul, South Korea

Completed 2010


Laboratory Planning and Peer Review services for mechanical systems design for a new 14,000 SM life sciences laboratory on a new research campus. Specialized design of P-2 and P-3 (BSL-2 and 3) containment laboratories and support facilities and a new small animal vivarium.


University of Florida Communicore ABSL-3 Renovation’ Gainesville, FL

Completed 2008


Renovation of approximately 9,000 SF of vivarium space to ABSL-3 specifications to support studies in infectious diseases. Jeff assisted in writing the NIH grant for funding of this project.


University of Georgia, Animal Health Research Center’ Athens, GA

Completed 2008


Renovation and upgrade of existing 78,000 GSF facility which was never brought on-line. The facility will house state of the art large animal rooms designated as BSL-3Ag per current USDA guidelines. In addition, research spaces designated as BSL-2, BSL-3, BSL-3 Enhanced, and ABSL-3 will be incorporated. This project will be the first operational BSL-3Ag facility in an institutional setting.


Case Western Reserve University, Animal Resource Center Modernization and Expansion, Cleveland, OH

Completed 2008


Renovation of approximately 80,000GSF of vivarium to modernize Case Western’s animal facility to be state of the art and pass AAALAC accreditation. Animals housed range from mice to farm animals such as pigs and sheep. Levels of containment include ABSL-3; facility also includes barrier accommodations. Scheduled completion is 1Q2008.


The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Animal Facility Expansion, Cleveland, OH

Completed 2009


Construction of approximately 20,000SF of vivarium space to house mice and primates. Primate studies focus on Parkinson’s Disease with special chemical laboratory for the preparation of MPTP.



US Army Corps of Engineers, Battlefield Health and Trauma Biological Laboratory, Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX

Completed 2009


Programming document for the design of a 150,000SF laboratory and vivarium addition to the Institute for Surgical Research. This is part of the Base Realignment And Closure (BRAC) program. Project includes 36,000SF of new vivarium space.


Baylor College of Medicine, BSL-3 Suite, Houston, TX

Completed 2008


Interior renovation of approximately 4,000SF to a BSL-3 suite to support research on multiple agents including Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza and mrTB. Plan includes expansion to 10,000SF and will contain multiple containment levels including BSL-2, BSL-3 and BSL-3 Enhanced. Design incorporates flexible spaces to be used as laboratory, procedure, or animal holding.


Duke University  Laboratory Animal Resources Strategic Plan, Durham, NC

Completed 2007


Plan to provide guidance for growth of nearly 130,000 GSF of animal facilities. Plan outlined various strategies for reuse of existing facilities as well as replacement and consolidation. Operating costs and per diems also were considered in the proposals for the strategic plan.


Duke University  Medical Center, Center for Global Health, Durham, NC

Completed 2007


Design of a new 40,000 SF Regional Bio-defense Laboratory (RBL), including Bio-medical research space at levels BSL-2 and BSL-3 with vivarium spaces at level ABSL-3. Project also included Aerosol Challenge suite.


NIAID Integrated Research Facility - Ft. Detrick, Fredericksburg, MD

Completed 2011


New facility including BSL-2 and BSL-4 research spaces. This facility also included diagnostic imaging facilities in containment.


Biolab Technology Center, Lawrenceville, GA

Completed 2005


New 50,000GSF chemical laboratory facility. The facility, completed in 2005, includes open labs with cherry casework to foster interaction of scientists. Project also includes a BSL-3 suite for Microbiology functions relative to environmental products.


Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA

Completed 2004


Programming and pre-design for new 100,000 sf Phase 2 to the Interdisciplinary Research Center, including BSL-3 laboratories and small animal vivarium and aquatics.


Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

Completed 2003


Chemical Vapor Deposition lab class 100,000 sf clean room


Janssen Pharmaceutica, Hopewell, NJ

Completed 1995


  • Masterplanning of 810,000 gsf of phased build-out of offices, laboratories, and animal facilities.
  • Design of Level P-4 suite to handle high-toxicity active ingredients for the formulation of pharmaceutical compounds.

Dupont Merck Pharmaceutical Company, Wilmington, DE

Completed 1993


850,000 gsf of office, laboratories, and central facilities, including discovery research and development with vivarium.


  • 2005, ILAR Journal ,co-author, “Facility Design Considerations for Select Agent Animal Research”
  • 2004, Presenter, IFMA Conference, “Interim Solutions for Facility Shortfalls”, Boston, MA
  • 2003, Presenter, Lab Design 2003,”Critical Facilities”, San Jose, CA
  • 2001/Presenter, Society for College and University Planning Southeast Regional Meeting, Savannah
  • 2001,Symposium Speaker, “Architectural Considerations in Clean Room Design”, ASHRAE Annual Meeting, Cincinnati
  • 1993,Symposium Speaker, “Workable Spaces”, Rutgers University; topic: “Environmental Responsibility in Corporate Design”
  • 1986-1987,/Centers and Stores of Excellence Awards Juror Fall 1979, Spring 1982/Visiting Instructor in Architecture, Pratt Institute

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