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The $33 million Swenson Science Building put UMD on the map as a leading science institution in the nation. The 97,000 square foot building consists of research and teaching laboratories and shared support spaces for the University’s Chemistry, Fresh Water Research and Biology programs. The building splits into separate research and teaching wings and houses offices, a computer lab, study rooms, 16 research labs and 16 learning labs. Work areas in the secure research wing are designed with an “open lab” concept, encouraging interaction between researchers and allowing them to reconfigure the space for any project to accommodate changing needs. Carol Ross Barney of Ross Barney Architects was the Design Architect on the project which incorporated many LEED design elements.