Magazine article University Business

Biosciences Building at Central Michigan University

Magazine article University Business

Biosciences Building at Central Michigan University

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The largest capital project in Central Michigan University's history, this new four-story, 170,000-square-foot Biosciences Building is a science showcase--right down to the numerous glass-walled labs that facilitate observation of ongoing research. The structure, which opened for research work upon completion in September 2016, welcomed a foil regimen of classes in January.

* CHALLENGE: Enrollment and research have grown rapidly at CMU in the past few years. Accordingly, the school looked to upgrade from Brooks Hall, the longtime home of multiple science disciplines that opened in 1965.

"We had basically run out of the quality of space needed for modern biological research and education programs," says Ian Davison, dean of the college of science and engineering. "We put a high emphasis on involving students, graduate and undergraduate, in hands-on faculty research, and that was clearly being limited."

* SOLUTION: The new facility features an active learning classroom for up to 112 students, instructional labs with associated prep labs, 106 lab benches and additional 47 specialty lab rooms. Besides an open-plan lab design--allowing multiple departments to collaborate--there are other student meeting spaces and 65 faculty and staff offices as well. …

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