Central Michigan University, Biosciences Building

Mount Pleasant, Michigan

  • FIRM

    Stantec Architecture


    Central Michigan University

  • AREA

    170,000 sq.ft.





Associated Firms: Lord, Aeck & Sargent, Inc. (Laboratory Planner/Architect), HDR Architecture (Vivarium Animal Lab Specialist), Grissim Metz Andriese Associates (Landscape Architect), Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc. (Civil Engineer)

Design team:
Janice Suchan, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP (Principal); Tod Stevens, AIA, NCARB, LEED ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$429.00FEATURED IN2017 Architectural Portfolio BD+C (Principal Designer); Joe Mitra, AIA, LEED GA (Senior Project Architect); Derek Crowe, PE, LEED AP (Senior Mechanical Engineer); Kristin Simoneaux, PE, LEED AP, CPD (Lead Plumbing Engineer)

As the largest capital project in Central Michigan University’s 120-plus-year history, the new Biosciences Building balances energy-efficient design with the safety needs of a modern science building to provide hands-on research opportunities for students and faculty.
The building accommodates multiple programs, including lab and research spaces for up to 40 faculty and research scientists, 10 multi-investigator/multipurpose labs, imaging facilities, DNA core facilities, and teaching environments ranging from small classrooms to 255-person lecture halls. Teaching labs are adjacent to research labs, fostering a dialogue between students and instructors, and supporting flexibility through an open configuration floor plan.
The building is also home to 72 graduate researchers, who occupy an open office work environment. There are an additional 10 private offices, administrative space, and support spaces. This project is seeking LEED Gold Certification.