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The Life Sciences Building

Redefining the former site of Old Mountaineer Field, the Life Sciences Building provides a striking new entrance from the North to WVU's downtown campus. This new 190,000 square-foot building, built at an estimated cost of $43 million, will significantly enhance the student experience, aid in recruiting outstanding faculty, and ensure that the land-grant, comprehensive public university of the state of West Virginia is not left behind as we enter the next millennium and the new age of the life sciences.

The design of the Life Sciences Building is intended to improve the definition of the new quadrangle of the lower bowl area of the downtown campus as a center of scholarship and instruction. Future plans for the new quadrangle, which currently consists of the College of Business of Economics, include a park-like mall, parking facilities, and a new Forensic Sciences Building.

The exterior of the Life Science Building incorporates traditional and innovative materials, brick-to match Woodburn Hall-glass, and pre-oxidized copper. This combination of materials will respect the site's rich traditions and proximity to historic Woodburn Circle, while proudly projecting the image of a bold new state-of-the-art facility for cutting-edge science.

Using the steeply sloping site as an advantage, classrooms are dispersed across three floors with grade-level access. This brings students into the core of the building and fosters interaction between departments and the university community in a dynamic environment.

Defining a new horizon from Woodburn Circle, the new building encourages and enhances pedestrian connections with the adjacent Sunnyside neighborhood, becoming the new gateway to the north side of campus. Terraces are vital components of the complex, taking advantage of the site's rich topography to create outdoor spaces for study, relaxation, and conversation.


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