Building Features

​​High tech.  Higher learning.

Twenty-first century students are interactive multi-taskers who crave knowledge and technology. To meet their transformative needs an active learning classroom will be included in the new Biosciences Building.  

Extending learning and collaboration beyond the classroom, the new building also incorporates several community study areas with close proximity to classrooms, laboratories​, and faculty offices so students can actively engage with, and learn from, each other and their professors.  

Specialty research facilities within the building will include:

  • A vivarium to replicate aquatic conditions for research
  • A Biosafety Level 3 lab for working with infectious diseases​
  • An isotope laboratory
  • An Imaging center for scanning and transmission electron microscopes
  • A herbarium
  • A staging and processing storage area for ecological fieldwork
​The building will feature an open, modern floor plan, particularly in the lab areas. Instead of having a series of individual, closed-off labs, the building will have six open-plan laboratories. Each will have open rows of laboratory benches together with a series of specialty rooms dedicated to specific equipment or functions. Six or seven faculty members, plus dedicated staff and students, will share each open laboratory space. This approach will facilitate collaboration as well as sharing of equipment. 

On April 11, 2013 the CMU Board of Trustees approved the construction of the new Biosciences Building - the largest capital project ever for the university.