The $33M Swenson Science Building put University of Minnesota-Duluth 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. It 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. The openness allows them to reconfigure the space for any project to accommodate changing needs. TKDA worked collaboratively on the science building with our design partner Carol Ross Barney.