US (WA): UW greenhouse will house 9,000 plant specimens

When the University of Washington’s 46,000 students return to class on September 26, biology majors will walk into a new 207,000-square-foot building devoted to the university’s most popular STEM major (600 undergraduate biology degrees are awarded each year). The interior of the five-story Life Sciences Building, located in the southwest corner of the UW’s main campus (3745 W Stevens Way NE), is unusual, featuring an open, flexible and modular design.

It also has a 14,000-square-foot greenhouse containing 9,000 plant specimens, including the corpse flower (so named because of its scent), a number of carnivorous plants and a few unique features promoting sustainability, such as solar glass fins that shade the offices and generate electricity.

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