Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center

About the Project

Located adjacent to the Geisel School of Medicine, the Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center is a national model of sustainable design, consuming less than one-half of the energy of the best-performing laboratories in the United States. This 174,500 square foot facility supports undergraduate- and graduate-level teaching and research, with a program including classrooms, teaching laboratories, faculty research laboratories, and offices for the department of Biology.

This LEED Platinum recognized building includes a super-insulated building envelope with triple-glazed windows, radiant heating and cooling systems including ceiling-mounted chilled beams, comprehensive heat recovery systems with 90% efficiency rate, a roof rainwater reclamation/ recovery system for building gray water, and ground storm water reclamation/ infiltration systems. It also has intelligent laboratory air monitoring systems for reduced lab ventilation energy, and third-floor sorghum and a grasses green roof.

Notable Features

  • 30 wet labs with associated support spaces
  • 6,000-square-foot greenhouse
  • 45 faculty offices, post-doc offices, conference rooms and lounges
  • 200-seat theater classroom and two 80-seat active teaching classrooms
  • two 30-seat flexible classrooms and six teaching labs

Project Milestones

  •    Occupancy: August 2011

Project Team

  • Project Managers: Joe Broemel, Matt Purcell
  • Architect: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
  • Construction Manager: Bond Brothers