Safety & Energy
The building is designed to allow students and faculty to increase our understanding of human biology and the natural world while minimizing the environmental impact both during construction and throughout the life of the building. Science buildings typically consume large amounts of energy, in part due to complex ventilation systems required for safety. The new CMU Biosciences Building, though, will be at least LEED Silver certified. The design will balance the function of a science building with energy efficiency and minimal environmental impact. Rather than use additional green space on campus, the building will occupy the site of what was Washington Court Apartments.
With an emphasis on the building being a teaching tool itself, its amenities will allow students to learn things about environmental science, conservation and different mechanical systems. For example, part of the rain-water capture feature will include transporting captured water from the roof of the building to a water basin at the ground level that will be planted with a diverse array of vines, shrubs, trees and other native Michigan plant life. The ecosystems of the water basin will provide an ideal location for both undergraduate and graduate students to study these plant species in an 'outdoor classroom,' helping faculty provide a comprehensive education for tomorrow's botanists, horticulturalists, ecologists and even wildlife preservationists.