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The JSCBB was designed to facilitate collaborations between scientists and students from multiple

disciplines to address critical challenges in the biosciences. The building hosts more than 60 faculty

members and more than 500 researchers and support staff. Many of CU's leading researchers have labs in

the building, including Distinguished Professors Marvin Caruthers, Tom Cech and Kristi Anseth.


The building was named after Jennie Smoly Caruthers, a former adjunct professor in CU-Boulder’s

department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and researcher in the MCD Biology department. She was also a

biotechnology patent expert. Marvin Caruthers dedicated the building in her name.


This building received a LEED Platinum certification - a benchmark for sustainable building design,

construction, operation and maintenance – and is one of few laboratory buildings to receive this

certification. The building’s mechanical and electrical systems, in particular, incorporate significant energy

saving and energy recovering models. Many of the building materials were sustainably acquired including

wood, tile and stone.  All of the brick and sandstone used for the surrounding landscaping is local,

quarried in Lyons, Colorado.




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