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Central Michigan University - Biosciences Building

Research and teaching labs come together amidst interdisciplinary spaces

  • 170K

    Square Feet

  • Mount Pleasant, Michigan

    Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Identifying the direction for the biosciences program and physical environment at CMU

As the largest capital project in Central Michigan University’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.

At a Glance

  • Lord, Aeck & Sargent, Inc.
AIA Michigan, Honor Award, 2018
Learning by Design, A&ID Awards: Outstanding Project, College/University, 2018
American School & University Educational Interiors Showcase, Outstanding Design: Post Secondary 2017
Meet Our Team

Kristin Simoneaux, Associate, Senior Mechanical Engineer

My goal is to design systems that benefit the client, the user, and the environment through innovative design.
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Casimir Zalewski, Principal, Buildings

It is my goal to tailor a system that is reliable, maintainable, and efficient that folds into the architecture of the project.

Dan O’Connor , Electrical Team Leader

As electrical engineers, we design systems that illuminate buildings and structures and forge a path to a greener, more sustainable world.

Kristin Simoneaux

Associate, Senior Mechanical Engineer

Casimir Zalewski

Principal, Buildings

Dan O’Connor

Electrical Team Leader

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