University of North Texas, Life Sciences Complex

Denton, Texas

  • FIRM

    Perkins+Will

  • CLIENT

    University of North Texas

  • AREA

    87,400 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $31,300,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    6/2010

The Life Sciences Complex at the University of North Texas (UNT) is a world-class teaching and research facility designed for the study of developmental integrated biology and biochemistry, specifically plant signaling. The complex’s new research building addition promotes greater collaboration and discovery, and ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$358.00FEATURED IN2012 Architectural Portfolio UNT’s multidisciplinary research goals.

Achieving a highly sustainable design, the LEED gold-certified research addition provides a physical connection to the 1967 biology teaching building, offering greater interaction, socialization and education while establishing a new central welcoming front door. The requirement of the architecture to be expressed in Collegiate Georgian is consistent with the existing biology building and other buildings found in this prominent area of campus.

The requirement of flexible and adaptable open research laboratories expanding faculty-funded research programs facilitates physical changes to the labs at a minimal cost, while encouraging scholarly interaction among researchers and graduate students.

Four rooftop greenhouses provide climate-controlled space where biochemists and molecular biologists perform world-changing research.

The aquatics lab is one of the nation’s largest and most sophisticated university aquatics facilities, containing more than 2,500 tanks to house zebrafish, along with a separate marine facility.