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.

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.

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.

Core Shared Facilities

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

CNS Greenhouses

The CNS Research & Education Greenhouse was completed in 2011.


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

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.

Emergency phone number

If you have an emergency (lockout, stuck elevator, water leak, etc.) please call the Physical Plant Emergency hotline at (413) 545-6401.

For a list of building coordinators during business hours, please download this list (PDF).

Procedures for campus closing and/or extended absence

When the university decides to close, such as during a winter storm, all university faculty, staff, and students must leave campus and remain away until the university reopens. The research community is asked to review these procedures (PDF) for their labs in the event that campus closes.

When leaving campus for an extended absence, whether for a winter storm or vacation, please help conserve energy. Should the university lose regional electric power supply, these power-conservation procedures (PDF) allow its central heating/cooling plant to carry as much of the campus electrical load as possible.