Advanced Technology for U of M Students

The new 312,00 square-foot Biological Sciences Building at University of Michigan gives students access to some of the most advanced technology and facilities in the country including state-of-the-art plant growing facilities, an imaging core, a café and one of the largest university aquatics facilities in the nation. Three cubes were created to construct the building which are connected by two glass atria that supply an abundance of natural light to the laboratories. The majority of the research and work done in this building is for University of Michigan’s departments of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Paleontology in its 84 wet and dry labs.

Team-Based Learning Accommodations

The building features one, team-based learning classroom on the first floor with the capacity to seat 138 students. Three interactive projectors and dozens of monitors can be found in the classroom for collaborative group projects and give students the opportunity to showcase current projects to classmates. In order to properly use this space, students are expected to complete work before class time and work through problems collectively during the designated class period.

A Unique Façade

The exterior, created mainly of terra cotta, was created from 77,000 square feet of terra cotta which 38,500 individual, 16-foot tall tiles.

A New Home for History

The building will also be the new home to the Museum of Natural History where visitors will be able to interact with exhibits representing university discoveries as well as learn about current and ongoing research efforts. Collectors and museum curators have the opportunity to bring their discoveries to faculty and researchers to stabilize them to a state in which they can be studied. The exhibits move throughout the first floor acting as part of the building rather than a separate entity.

Todd Ketola

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