Facilities and Buildings

Each of the 13 departments and one school that make up the College of Natural Sciences maintains a variety of significant scientific instruments and facilities for faculty and students, as well as shared facilities that are available to off-campus researchers.

Since the future of research is unpredictable, today's scientific facilities must create large, flexible, and adaptable systems and spaces that can easily accommodate growth and changing standards. Scientific research requires modern facilities with properly sized floor plates, adequate floor-to-floor heights, and energy-efficient building systems and building envelopes.

To that end, for the past decade, UMass Amherst has been building a comprehensive, modern life sciences complex on its campus.

Overview of CNS facilities

This short description of CNS facilities gives a brief overview of the college's facilities and current and recent projects. It can also be used in grant applications.

Life Sciences Complex

The first building in the complex, the Integrated Sciences Building (ISB), opened in 2009.

Next door to the ISB are the Life Sciences Laboratories (LSL), which opened in 2013.

Design Building

A new home for Building and Construction Technology is expected to be completed in 2017.

Recent Renovations

Several existing campus buildings have also been renovated recently, including Lederle Graduate Research Tower, Goessmann Laboratories, and Chenoweth Laboratory. Morrill Science Center is undergoing a $60 million renovation.

Teaching Lab Upgrades

Here's an overview of the recent upgrades for the departments of Biology, Physics and Environmental Conservation (download a pdf with images):

  • Morrill III, Room 339, now has new projection equipment, AC, shades, electrical drops, lab benches and seating.
  • Morrill III, Room 343, improvements include lab benches, seating, electrical drops, AC, projection equipment, and exhaust fans.
  • Projection equipment was also added to five additional teaching labs in Morrill.
  • Electrical drops were added in Biology teaching labs to make microscopy more convenient and eliminates tripping hazards.
  • In Hasbrouck, Physics Teaching Lab initial upgrades consisted of cosmetic improvements and better lighting.
  • ECO teaching labs in Holdsworth have new technology that allows for team based learning!

Shared Core Facilities

A range of CNS shared core facilities may be utilized by off-campus researchers.

CNS Greenhouses

CNS has three greenhouse facilities: the Research and Education Greenhouse, with teaching and research facilities; the six Morrill Greenhouses, which are primarily devoted to teaching; and the Durfee Conservatory, the university's oldest greenhouse.

Natural History Collections

The Natural History Collections showcase 300,000 specimens of mammals, birds, plants, fishes, reptiles and amphibians, with an especially strong representation of local flora and fauna. These resources play a major role in research activities and undergraduate education.

Map of CNS buildings

Download this campus map with CNS buildings (PDF) highlighted.

UMass Amherst Design & Construction Management

The UMass Amherst Design & Construction Management website provides information about the major projects on campus.