3D walkthrough of the Michigan State University mechanical room

Michigan State University expands Life Science Building

By Peter Basso Associates June 1, 2021

To help combat a nationwide nursing shortage, Michigan State University elected to construct a 3-story, 50,000 square foot addition to its existing Bott Life Science Building in order to expand its nursing education and research program.  The building houses dedicated research space, classrooms, student services, conference rooms, student commons, and other auxiliary spaces, and brings the faculty and students of the College of Nursing together in one location.

Peter Basso Associates designed mechanical and electrical systems for the addition, which is the first building on campus to use ground-source geothermal energy for heating and cooling. Mechanical systems design included fire protection system, domestic cold and hot water, sanitary waste and vent, storm drainage, heating, cooling, humidification, air handling, exhaust systems, and temperature controls. Electrical systems design included a new dedicated primary electrical service, exterior and interior lighting and lighting controls, communication systems, and fire alarm and access control systems.

The project achieved LEED Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

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