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Central Michigan University - Biosciences Building

Research and teaching labs come together amidst interdisciplinary spaces

Mount Pleasant, Michigan

As the largest capital project in CMU’s 120-plus year history, the new Biosciences Building balances energy efficient design with safety needs of a modern science building to provide hands-on research opportunities for students and faculty.

The project began with a visioning session with all stakeholders contributing ideas that identified the direction and future of Biological Sciences and the necessary environment needed to sustain such a program. CMU’s new facility supports innovative research, as well as the social and educational aspirations of the University. 

This facility accommodates multiple programs including biomedical and biotech, genetics/microbiology, biochemistry, physiology, conservation and wildlife biology, botany and zoology, fisheries/limnology, ecology, and biology education. The building includes research facilities to support these programs with space for up to 40 faculty and research scientists. Teaching labs are located adjacent to research labs, fostering a dialogue between students and instructors. The research labs are designed to be flexible through an open configuration. All lab benches are located adjacent to a mechanical core, which facilitates both generic as well as highly specific research efforts, and allows for ease and efficiency accessing utilities.

In addition to lab and research spaces, there are at least 10 multi-investigator/multipurpose labs, imaging facilities, DNA core facilities, and teaching environments ranging from small intimate classrooms to 255-person lecture halls. Seventy-two graduate researchers occupy in an open-office work environment and there are an additional 10 private offices, administrative space, and support spaces.  This project is seeking LEED Gold Certification and is in association with Lord, Aeck & Sargent, Inc.

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