New LEED Wing of Biology Building Unveiled

March 8, 2010

Biology Department to Host Ribbon-Cutting

Brown_Schmidly_CrippsThe Biology Department held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday, March 9 from to commemorate the opening of a new research wing in Castetter Hall. The building has been designated LEED Gold status, by the U.S. Green Building Council, in recognition of its environmentally-conscious design. This new construction, comprising 16,000-square-feet of net new space, has been supported by funds from the student bond, legislative support and funds provided by the UNM President's office, for a total cost of approximately $9.9 million.

Photo (l. to r.): Distinguished Professor of Biology Dr. James Brown, Richard Cripps, Biology Department chair and President David J. Schmidly share a few words before Tuesday's Castetter Hall ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The addition is the first on campus to adhere to the Governor of New Mexico’s Executive Order requiring new buildings acquire a minimum of silver certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Rating System established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). SMPC Architect’s design surpassed this silver level requirement with the building receiving a gold-level certification.

LEED Cert

The LEED Gold certification on a wall in Castetter Hall. The building has been designated LEED Gold status, by the U.S. Green Building Council, in recognition of its environmentally-conscious design.

 

The UNM Biology department now offers high-caliber training for students not easily fulfilled elsewhere in the state while enabling UNM to maintain its competitiveness in seeking funding through organizations including the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. The research laboratories will provide opportunities for students and faculty to work on health-related problems affecting the world while also allowing researchers to contribute to critical issues in New Mexico such water quantity and quality.

Two of the programs to be housed in this new space are the Program in Interdisciplinary Biological and Biomedical Sciences, PIBBS, developed by Biology Distinguished Professor Jim Brown and a number of UNM faculty, to provide novel training opportunities for graduate students at the intersection of traditionally separated disciplines.

Additionally, the Center for Evolutionary and Theoretical Immunology, CETI, spearheaded by Biology Regents' Professor Sam Loker, seeks to use interdisciplinary approaches to understand how organisms protect themselves from pathogens. Both of these programs are funded through the National Institutes of Health, and provide state-of-the-art facilities and training opportunities for UNM researchers and students.

The ceremony featured short presentations by Professors Brown and Loker and UNM President David Schmidly. Additionally, in recognition of the role of the student bond funds in initiating this project, there will be a raffle at which students who are present will be eligible to win $25, $50, $75 or $100 Lobo Gift Cards.

Media Contact: Steve Carr, (505) 277-1821; e-mail: scarr@unm.edu

March 8, 2010 03:18 PM