Syracuse University – Life Sciences Complex


Syracuse University — Life Sciences Complex, Syracuse, NY

Syracuse’s six-story Life Science Complex consolidates classroom and laboratory instructional space for biochemistry, biology and chemistry. The new Milton atrium also conjoins the chemistry department whose research facilities are situated in the Center for Science and Technology located next to the Life Science Complex.


Size: 230,000 square feet
Schedule: 31 months

Contract Type: Construction Manager-at-Risk

Owner: Syracuse University
Architect: Ellenzweig Associates, Inc.


The largest building project in the University’s history.

Advanced preconstruction studies of the curtain wall system and terracotta rain screen created a collaborative “design-assist” environment that was critical to this custom component’s success.

Enabling infrastructure projects included the construction of the 600 car Adams Street Parking Garage.

Team-oriented value management reviews conducted during each design phase identified lower-cost design alternatives that maintained both quality and the schedule.

We minimized disruptions to the University campus and surrounding neighborhood through in-depth preconstruction logistics planning.

Aggressive scheduling in order to coordinate and synchronize with University’s academic schedule.

Home to the RESTORE Center for Environmental Biotechnology. The center encompasses high-tech teaching and research support facilities and also promotes collaborations between researchers and professionals from Central New York biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industries.

Features a pair of wings in an “L”-shaped configuration: A research wing that houses biology research laboratories, conference rooms, and faculty offices; and a teaching wing that includes lecture halls, research greenhouses, and biochemistry, biology, and chemistry teaching labs.

Syracuse University – Life Sciences Complex