UMD Heikkila CAMS Building

  • Location: Duluth, MN
  • Architect: BWBR Architects
  • Client: University of Minnesota Duluth

Project Highlights

  • 56,000 SF higher education science facility
  • Skywalk connecting to an adjacent building
  • Cast-in-place concrete structure
  • Vibraion control


This new $44,600,000, 3-story, 56,000 square foot science building supports chemical and applied science research and academics on the Duluth campus of the University of Minnesota. The building features 12 chemistry research labs, 1 advanced-materials lab, 5 instructional labs, 11 collaboration spaces, 5 graduate-student workrooms and 22 faculty offices. The project also includes a 105’ long skywalk connection to an adjacent building and was constructed over an existing, active campus steam tunnel. The building is a brick-clad cast-in-place concrete structure, consisting of wide-module floors designed for sensitive vibration control, heavy floor loads and long-term durability. The cast-in-place concrete frame and shear walls support a steel-framed mechanical penthouse to accommodate the significant mechanical systems associated with a lab building. The project is sustainably designed to Minnesota B3 criteria and includes rooftop solar panels.