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Life Sciences Complex Project Details

Life Sciences Complex Interior Rendering

Building Design


The design of the LSC is open, flexible, and modular, allowing for adaptation of the space when emerging research questions require novel methods and newly developed instrumentation. Offices, laboratories, and common-use spaces will be in close proximity, promoting the unexpected synergies that often result from informal interactions.

Undergraduate teaching labs and an active learning classroom will allow faculty to engage all students in hands-on, dynamic learning and discovery. The complex also includes a world-class greenhouse prominently visible from the Burke-Gilman Trail, that will advance plant science research, teaching, and public outreach.

The Details


207,000 square foot Life Sciences Building to support:

  • 1,200+ Biology undergraduate majors*
  • 100+ graduate students
  • 50+ academic faculty

              *Numbers from 2016-17

7 floors of teaching and research spaces: 

  • 1st floor devoted to undergraduate teaching labs where students will learn through authentic research in a collaborative science ecosystem of grad students, postdoctoral fellows, and world-class faculty
  • Large active learning classroom to engage the next generation of scholars and scientists through progressive, evidence-based teaching
  • 4 upper floors of flexible research spaces to inspire adaptive, collaborative science
  • 2 below-ground levels with state-of-the-art growth chambers and animal care facilities

20,000 square foot cutting-edge greenhouse:

  • To house a diverse collection of 3,400 species of plants
  • 5,400 undergraduate students study the collection; the new greenhouse will grow this number
  • 4,000 people tour the current greenhouse each year; the new greenhouse will be a destination for thousands more

For more details on the building layout, download the case statement and FAQs