The University of North Florida's (UNF) new Advanced Biological Sciences Building designed by award-winning international design firm Perkins+Will in a joint venture with Harvard Jolly opened on March 30th, bringing a combination of architectural innovation, creativity, and environmentally conscious design to the UNF campus.
The 117,000-square-foot facility, which varies from two to four levels, houses all six specialized educational programs within the Department of Biology, including the Coastal Biology Flagship Program. Designed with an emphasis on energy conservation and to meet LEED Gold standards, it consists of 17 teaching labs and 28 faculty research labs, as well as state-of-the art classrooms, conference rooms, and lecture halls.
"Using the building as an educational tool, as well as a living machine, was a concept that represented the vision of Dr. Barbara Hetrick, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at UNF. By understanding UNF's needs and challenges, we were able to create an integrated building design that is a showcase of sustainable strategies," said Pat Bosch, design director, Perkins+Will, Miami.
A wide range of architectural and design features distinguish the building from any other on campus. The interior courtyard, named Darwin's Garden, is planted with species native to Florida and will be used as a botany lab. "A striking feature called the