Cost: 95 Million
Central Michigan University's Biosciences Building was approved by the Board of Trustees on April 11, 2013. Construction began shortly after, in 2014, and doors were first opened to students in 2017. This state-of-the-art research building was constructed to meet the fast-growing demands of students involved in the biosciences field. In the decade before construction, CMU saw a dramatic increase in undergraduate and graduate biology majors as well as the number of faculty.
This four-level building comes fully equipped with a 220-seat multi-purpose auditorium, an "active learning" classroom, six 24-seat teaching laboratories and several informal collaboration spaces. It also boasts an isotope laboratory, a vivarium for aquatic life, an herbarium, and an Imaging Center for Scanning and Transmission electron microscopes.
Reaching an impressive 169,000 square feet, the Biosciences Building was built with an approximate target budget of $95 million dollars. A capital allocation from the state of Michigan in the amount of $30 million helped the building's construction to reach completion; the remaining funding was covered through a varied combination of fundraising, bonds, and university central reserves.
The building provides students with advanced laboratories, instruments, and facilities and draws more researchers and scholars to the program. Another goal of the construction of the facility is to help foster crucial contributions to Michigan's economic goals through the emphasis placed upon cell and molecular biology, biotechnology, and through working with the Institute for Great Lakes Research. This institute plays a key role in promoting sustainable use of critical and natural ecosystems.
The CMU Biosciences Building possesses a LEED Silver certification. The design of the building balances the energy-intensive needs of a science facility with growing efforts towards energy efficiency. Systems found in the building include rainwater capture, solar panels, and the use of local and renewable resources.