This $70 million, 69,000 sq. ft. building features a blend of teaching, research, and administrative space. It has been designed to promote collaboration among scientific disciplines and at the same time integrate teaching with research to increase undergraduate engagement with current research projects. These projects are tackling such issues as vitamin A deficiency, uncovering knowledge about diseases like cancer and schizophrenia, and studying medicinal plants for possible use in diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
The building is centered around a core of lab support spaces, faculty offices, and seminar rooms. Its entry is defined by a multi-story glass atrium that links teaching with research activities and supports interaction among students, faculty, and researchers.
"Green" features are expected to qualify the building for LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Displays will provide real-time information on building operations, such as the quantity of energy saved by solar hot water panels or the amount of water cleansed and recirculated over the building’s lifespan, thanks to an aggressive storm and greywater management system. A rooftop greenhouse supports Lehman's pioneering research in the plant sciences.Other green features include: