The $115 million, 280,000-square-foot building, completed in 2006, features state-of-the-art research and teaching laboratories for genomics, chemistry, biological chemistry, materials science, nanoscience, physical biology and bioinformatics. FFSC brings together several Arts & Science disciplines under one roof, providing space for the departments of chemistry and biology, biological anthropology and anatomy, mathematics and physics.
The French Family Science Center’s ecological features include two green roofs, use of certified wood, recycled and regional materials and a landscape plan that included soil conservation and relocation of existing trees and plants. The green roofs stretch over the lecture hall and biology labs. Comprised of vegetation, soil, gravel and water-tight insulation, they reduce water runoff and keep the building cool. The building also includes other energy saving features – all windows have exterior reflectors that direct sunlight into the space.
French Family Science Center earned LEED™ Silver Certification for its green roof, water efficiency features including low-flow sinks, and energy efficient technologies such as low-flow fume hoods.
124 Science Drive
Durham, NC 27708
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