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Richard C. Seaver Biology Building

Richard C. Seaver Biology Building

The Richard C. Seaver Biology Building, which opened in January 2005, provides state-of-the art research facilities in an environmentally conscious design.


What’s in the building?

  • 46,270 square-feet and three stories
  • Offices and research labs for the biology faculty
  • Greenhouses, instrument rooms, sterilizer and glass washing rooms, incubator rooms, darkrooms, walk-in warm and cold rooms, and sterile transfer rooms
  • Classrooms and advanced teaching labs
  • Student lounges

Energy-conserving and environmental features:

  • Extensive use of recycled and local materials
  • Solar photovoltaic system
  • Cool roof and paving surfaces to reduce heat island effect
  • Efficient irrigation system
  • Landscaping with low water-requiring plants
  • Waterless urinals and double flush toilets
  • Elimination of CFCs and Halon refrigerants
  • Low-emitting materials, adhesives, sealants, paint, carpet
  • Reduced light pollution with cut off fixtures and no up-lighting
  • Carpool spaces and an electric vehicle charging station
  • Bike racks and nearby showers

Awards and recognition:

  • LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council
  • Sustainability Award from the Los Angeles Business Council [Press release [pdf] ]
  • Excellence in Design award from the City of Claremont [Award Announcement]

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