Students in front of the Integrated Sciences Building

Buildings & Facilities

CNS has a wide range of facilities and buildings that provide a vibrant and well equipped scientific environment in which to learn and teach.

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CNS work is conducted throughout campus and in its eighteen primary buildings, three greenhouse complexes, and numerous research institutes and centers. The campus continues to invest in its comprehensive research facilities and to construct new state-of-the-art research buildings, many of which house CNS teaching and research activities.

Map of CNS Buildings

Campus map with CNS Buildings

CNS Buildings & Research Centers

CNS Buildings and Research Centers gives a brief overview of the college's buildings, current and recent projects, and research centers. It can also be used in grant applications.

New Buildings

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. The Building and Technology Department design building blog offers the latest information on the building's progress.

Physical Sciences Building

Currently under construction, the Physical Science Building will provide labs, lab support, and office for 20 faculty and approximately 130 bench positions, has an expected completion date of early 2018.

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.

Galleries and Collections

CNS Natural Science Gallery

The CNS Natural Science Gallery is an exhibition space for specimens, artifacts and ideas illustrating the discovery and innovation of research and teaching in the college.

Natural History Collections

The Natural History Collections showcase 500,000 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.

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. The new student lab fees have paid for extensive laboratory renovations and equipment upgrades.

Core Facilities

Core facilities are shared resources offering a range of services to the research community, including cutting edge technologies, high end instrumentation, and technical support and expertise in specialized equipment or processes. Our core services and facilities are the product of substantial investment by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, federal and other research sponsors, and the University. These services and facilities exist to enhance and expand collaborative capabilities, and provide state-of-the-art resources for faculty research, student training and collaborations with external partners. Access the list of all core facilities at UMass Amherst.