Biosciences Advanced Teaching and Research Building at Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa

The biosciences programs at ISU have a critical need for high-quality disciplinary and multi-disciplinary research laboratories; classrooms and teaching laboratories; core support facilities that include computational, biological, wet, and specialized instrumentation laboratories; and collaboration spaces.

The team of OPN Architects and SLAM proposed a plan to identify the needs which could be accommodated in repurposed existing space and those which could only be met by the construction of a new spaceā€”the end result will be a new facility to support growing enrollment and provide future expansion capabilities.

The new $42.8 million, 121,600-SF teaching and research facility will house the Departments of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, Genetics Development and Cell Biology, and Entomology. Spaces in the building include research labs, teaching labs, classrooms, collaboration spaces, core support facilities and a greenhouse.

Key features:

  • Flexible research laboratory spaces and casework allow the department to respond to changes in research teams, topics, equipment, and techniques
  • Technologically advanced teaching laboratories to promote interactive, science exploration and learning
  • Interaction areas throughout the building encourage planned and spontaneous discussions, brain-storming, and outreach sessions

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