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.