The Undergraduate Teaching Lab

Building Description:

The new Undergraduate Teaching Lab and Biology Research Wing was conceived to complete the existing Mudd Levi complex by closing off the open fourth side of the courtyard. At the center of the complex a new student commons with coffee bar serves as a focal point for interaction and group identity for the natural sciences community. Undergraduate teaching laboratories for Biology, Chemistry, Neuroscience and BioPhysics take place on the lower three floors of the building with direct student access both from the new Mudd Commons and also from White Walk to the east. The upper floor is fit out to accommodate Biology department research and have open lab, lab support and procedure space, meeting and seminar rooms, and faculty offices. Particular attention has been paid to ensure that the building will be a model for low energy usage with a benchmark target set of using half of the energy of the average of the existing science buildings on campus. These guiding principals create a building suitable for modern life sciences-based research and able to accommodate evolutions in pedagogy and research over time; while consistent with traditional values of simplicity, thrift, and the advancement of learning.