University of Michigan


Life Sciences Institute


The institute enhances education and research in the life science fields and encompasses six floors of wet research laboratories, offices and meeting facilities. To advance research initiatives, the program supports the world's leading scientific teams through an innovative, cost-effective, and open laboratory environment. Developed utilizing SmithGroupJJR's proprietary lab planning software, LabSim, the facility was an experiment of its time, using an open floor plan to promote the collaboration and informal interaction essential to most breakthrough science.

The Life Sciences Institute's vivarium, another unique building feature ahead of its time, incorporates ventilated holding cages directly connected to the HVAC system. This reduces equipment and maintenance costs while simultaneously improving indoor environmental quality (IEQ) for humans and animals alike. The interiors are drenched in daylight, improving sustainability and occupant health, while keeping energy costs in check.