Named after Margaret "Mardy" Murie, the first woman to graduate at University of Fairbanks in 1924, The Margaret Murie Building integrates modern flexible biological teaching labs and research labs in a building designed to foster interaction between students, faculty and researchers . The three main floors are organized with the concept of co-locating teaching laboratories, research laboratories and faculty offices on the same floor around a central open communicating stair that connects all three teaching and research floors. The building also includes a 150 seat auditorium, future MRI suite as well as numerous features and spaces for students and staff to interact. Sustainable design features include daylighting, lighting controls, water bottle fillers, chilled floors and high performance exterior cladding to minimize energy consumption.
The architectural design of The Margaret Murie Building is intended to create a signature building for the life sciences at UAF. The materials, plan organization, and resolution of major building volumes respond to the context of existing buildings at the campus, the natural surroundings and expansive views across the Alaskan Interior.