The Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building is a 330,000-square-foot research and teaching facility at the University of Colorado Boulder. The building is located at 3415 Colorado Ave. on CU-Boulder’s East Campus and was designed to facilitate collaborations between scientists and students from multiple disciplines to address critical challenges in the biosciences. The building houses faculty, staff and students from the Biofrontiers Institute, the department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the Division of Biochemistry. The building will host 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 Café is one of the largest spaces in the building created to support these “productive collisions” between researchers. The building offers large break rooms on the second and third floors on the north side and the third floor on the south side of the building.
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. The building’s mechanical and electrical systems, in particular, incorporate significant energy saving and energy recovering models.
The design and construction of the new facility involved Robert A.M. Stern Architects in association with HDR Architects, Inc., and general contractor J.E. Dunn.