Integrated Science Engineering Laboratory Facility (ISELF)

St. Cloud State University (MnSCU)
  • Senior Engineering Lab

    Photo by Bergerson Photography

  • Universal Lab

    Photo by Bergerson Photography

  • Basement Level

    Courtesy of RRTL Architects

  • First Floor

    Courtesy of RRTL Architects

The four-story, 102,000-sf Integrated Science Engineering Laboratory Facility (ISELF), the flagship of the St. Cloud State University science facilities, contains mostly science laboratories, with some classrooms, offices, and conference rooms. The primary entry to the facility is through a three-story atrium that provides a clear sense of wayfinding to the programs in the building.

Highly flexible laboratory spaces called “universal labs” feature moveable “H-Frames” and lab counters with mostly mobile casework. The utility infrastructure—water, DI water, gas, vacuum, and electrical/data—is provided by overhead service carriers, so the lab casework can be easily and quickly reconfigured.

The laboratory space is designed to be temporarily allocated to projects and teams of people, not permanently given to campus entities. Researchers come, complete their work, then move on.

The premier lab in the building is the 15,000-sf single-room bioscience lab on the third floor. The prep spaces are a floating core in the center of this universal lab. The vivarium is also located on the third floor.

The basement level houses vibration-sensitive labs, including optics, robotics, motion analysis, Interfacial Materials Characterization Center (IMCC), thermal science, control systems, and a cleanroom. The first floor contains the senior engineering lab and classroom/conference spaces, while the second floor contains the bioscience labs for hematology, microbiology, clinical chemistry, and the blood bank. The second floor also contains the radiation, digital simulation, multi-purpose research, and electronics labs. 

ISELF is the crowning jewel in St. Cloud State's three-part Science Initiative, which includes a $14.5-million addition to the Robert H. Wick Science Building and a $13.6-million renovation of Brown Hall, both completed in 2009.


Project Data
Project Type: 
New Construction
Completion Date: 
August, 2013
St. Cloud, MN
Delivery Method: 
CM at Risk
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Building Descriptors: 
Conference Room
Higher Education
Education: Biomedical
Education: Classroom
Laboratory: Research
Laboratory: Teaching
Rafferty Rafferty Tollefson Architects
McGough Construction
Laboratory Planning, Program and Design
Laboratory Casework and Fume Hoods
Mott Manufacturing
Ductless Fume Hoods
Air Master Systems Corporation
Cold Room
Harris Environmental
Tall Lab Glasswasher
Undercounter Glasswasher
Labconco Corporation
Cage Washer
Scientek Technology Corporation
Published 4-23-2014