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Central Michigan University - Biosciences Building

Research and teaching labs come together amidst interdisciplinary spaces

  • 169K

    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

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Lab Planner
Lord, Aeck & Sargent, Inc.
Meet Our Team

Joe Mitra, Senior Associate

As architects, we need to be able to analyze complex situations: understand, discover, and then propose a solution.

Janice Suchan, Senior Principal

I take great pride in knowing that the learning environments we design make a difference, and have a direct impact on student’s lives.

Casimir Zalewski, Principal

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

Bill Chomic, Associate, Electrical Team Leader

We engineer energy efficient systems to support the building’s function while leaving a comfortable and safe environment.
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  • Joe Mitra

    Senior Associate

  • Janice Suchan

    Senior Principal

  • Casimir Zalewski

    Principal

  • Bill Chomic

    Associate, Electrical Team Leader

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