The LEED Gold Certified Biological Sciences Building design enables the department of biology to consolidate research and instruction in a state-of-the-art dedicated facility, that promotes active student engagement in scientific exploration. The first major building in a new precinct of campus devoted to the sciences and research, it represents a prerequisite first step in the development of a new program in Coastal Plain Biology, and is a benefit to both the local region and the state of Georgia.
The University aspired to have an inter-disciplinary biosciences building that would reflect their commitment to sustainability and serve as a highly visible node along a major campus pedestrian way that was extended through the site.
The new facility is designed to be perceived as a building in the woods – seen through and among the trees of its pine forested site. It is an ensemble of articulated parts (two 3-story lab / classroom wings; a field house containing a vivarium, aquatics lab, and specimen collections; and a botanical greenhouse). The extension of the campus “pedestrium” through the site bisects the composition at a breezeway connecting the lab wings to the field house, highlighting the greenhouse and the interior working areas of the building to passersby on their way to and from the Student Recreation Center.
(The building) serves as the nexus where teaching and research converge to form south Georgia’s most comprehensive center for biological science and research. The facility will not only allow us to meet our educational expectations and provide state-of-the-art training for the future workforce of this great state, but will also greatly enhance Georgia Southern’s research capabilities.