The James I. Swenson Science Building was completed in June 2005 with the first classes offered in its laboratories in July of 2005. This modern science laboratory building houses portions of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Department of Biology. This $33 million facility has 2 and a half floors with an area of almost 100,000 square feet. The architect was Carol Ross Barney of Chicago.
This building is named for James Swenson, a 1959 graduate of the UMD Department of Chemistry, who completed a research project on peat when he was an undergraduate at UMD. There are 16 teaching labs for general, organic and bio-chemistry courses and general, cell, molecular and micro-biology courses. These labs were designed to integrate modern experimental methods with state of the art instrumentation to encourage student lab teamwork, to meet all safety regulations, and to allow for the expansion of undergraduate research.
There are 12 research labs for the faculty in both Biology and Chemistry Departments along with several rooms for specialty research support; these include cold, tissue culture, variable temperature, radioisotope, aquaria and equipment rooms. The posters you see in the building present the variety of projects being carried out in the research labs.
The pond has two functions. It is a biological experimental site for students and faculty and an integral part of the storm water handling system.
Return through the skyway and down two flights of stairs. Turn left into Life Sciences.