UAF Life Sciences Facility

UAF Life Sciences Facility

Start Date: 04/01/2011
Completion Date: 07/01/2013
Owner: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Location: Fairbanks, AK
Architects: Bezek Durst Seiser
Project Manager: Carl Swanson
Project Superintendent: Russ Kramer
Project Engineer: Jason Lindsey
Project Administrator: Robin Nye
Quality Control Manager: Kasey Cory
Site Safety Manager: Carl Francis

 

The UAF Life Science Research and Teaching Facility combines 40,000sq ft of academic and 57,000 sq ft of biological research space with versatile state-of the-art laboratories to support research and teaching in cell and molecular biology, physiology, infectious diseases and neurobiology. It also includes a 150-seat auditorium; and a centralized instructional and administrative home for the Biology and Wildlife Department.  Research space features a series of labs for as many as 12 lead researchers who will also employ 7 to 10 scientists each.  The Life Sciences Classroom and Lab Facility features modern academic space for more than 600 biology and wildlife degree students and more than 1,200 students who take biology courses each year.  The Life Science building is interconnected to the State of Alaska Public Health Laboratory and the Biological Research and Diagnostics Facility, that support life science research and teaching on the UAF campus. It is the first new academic laboratory facility at UAF since 1994.

Construction features include: highly  insulated cladding systems; translucent panels and exterior glazing systems designed to maximize energy savings but also capture and maximize natural lighting. Teaching labs feature demountable casework that allow rooms to act as both classrooms and class labs, increasing the utilization of the space. Research labs feature state-of-the-art research equipment in an open and modular space plan allowing the labs to adapt to changing research needs. Additional infrastructure and utilities include construction of a utilidor system for services and pathway connections to related research space in other buildings.