University of Minnesota
Biological Sciences Center, Third and Fourth Floors Renovations
Saint Paul, Minn.
The two-floor renovation of the College of Biological Sciences Building supports the University of Minnesota’s academic mission, as well as improves the student experience through increased hands-on learning. The design transforms existing underutilized spaces into new, open-plan research labs and offices for student research teams.
A unique project feature is the new Active Learning Lab, which advances the University’s goal to give students a real research experience. In this lab, there is no dedicated lab time or topic. Students work in groups to generate their own research question/topic (derived from specified categories), and then the student teams perform the research. Since the groups utilize the lab whenever they need to do their work, the lab is very flexible to meet the diverse needs of many different types of research projects.
Size: 14,000 sq. ft.
Components: New teaching and research lab space for the College of Biological Sciences, including an Active Learning Lab, growth chamber, freezer room, and controlled environment room; group collaboration spaces with technology hook-ups, movable furniture, and whiteboards; student commons; upgrades to non-compliant building code, life safety, environmental, and accessibility conditions; faculty offices; support spaces