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Lehigh University
Science/Environmental Building
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Lehigh had strong environmental research expertise and degree programs in place in two departments: Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth and Environmental Sciences. Creating an interdisciplinary environment for these and other science programs resulted in the Science, Technology, Environment, and Policy & Society (STEPS) Building.

The LEED Gold facility houses 50 state-of-the-art teaching and research labs. Classrooms and offices are interspersed throughout the building to promote collaboration among undergraduate students and researchers from a wide variety of disciplines.

The new building houses Lehigh’s interdisciplinary Environmental Initiative program that is conducting research in areas including climate change, aquatic ecosystems, nanotechnology, groundwater contamination, environmental literacy and energy-related topics, to name a few.

Teaching labs cover a variety of topics, including bioscience, organic and general chemistry, environmental/earth science, ecology and computer science. Research lab topics include paleomagnetics, environmental nanotechnology, ecology, earth materials processing, computational and spatial analysis, stable isotope geochemistry, mass spectrometry and trace-level analysis, geo-media/particulate material characterization.

Size: 115,000 gross square feet

Architect: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson


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