On December 17, ECI took up residence in our spectacular new home - the Building for Environmental Research and Teaching (BERT). For almost two years, the community has been watching the greenhouse take shape on the roof of the old Hunter Lab building. This week, a broad cross-section of faculty, students, postdocs and staff moved into the first, second and third floors of the building. Facilities include the EaRTH Lab (relocated from MacMillan Hall), a climate modeling lab, remote sensing lab, conservation science and conservation medicine laboratories and the climate and development lab. The conservatory and research greenhouses grace the roof of the renovated building, with controlled environment growth chambers and support facilities on the ground floor.
Architects and contractors prioritized sustainability in many building systems, including lighting, insulation, heating and air conditioning. Water collected on the greenhouse roof is being re-used to flush toilets and recycled materials have been incorporated into construction materials and furnishings.