About the ILSB
September 2009 saw the culmination, in limestone, wood and glass, of an ambitious Texas A&M University project that has been years in the making—the Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building (ILSB). The three-story edifice, which blends A&M’s traditional architectural styles with practical yet elegant 21st century lines, accommodates some of the university’s most visionary and talented scientific investigators from a host of different, yet complementary, disciplines.
The $100 million facility—one of the largest single construction projects in the history of Texas A&M—is the setting for first-class researchers who pursue some of the most complex and challenging realms of inquiry in the life sciences.
By the Numbers
The ILSB includes approximately 220,000 gross square feet of space for research laboratories, teaching, and related activities. The building houses around 30 robust, flexible laboratories; meeting, seminar, and lecture rooms; core support facilities; computational equipment and spaces to support informatics activities; a 285-seat auditorium and associated auxiliary space; and space to house operational staff. The building’s central location makes it readily accessible to both Texas A&M’s main and west campuses.
Texas A&M pursued the goal of having the ILSB meet LEED Silver Certification standards in sustainable design, and in fact the building earned LEED Gold Certification after its completion.
Construction and Occupancy Update
The ILSB was designed to help position Texas A&M at the forefront of the multidisciplinary approach in life sciences, bringing together faculty from different disciplines to engage in research that helps solve complex global problems and proved cutting-edge experiences for students. When it opened in late 2009, a percentage of the research space was left unfinished to allow for maximum flexibility in attracting new faculty who would gain the uncommon opportunity to outfit laboratories to match precisely the needs of their research programs. In less than two years, that flexibility has lived up to its promise, helping the University secure major funding and top faculty. A Construction and Occupancy of the ILSB is available.of the