About the Integrated Science Building

The outside of ISB, covered in windows
Students walk through the open stairways of ISB

Students and researchers across chemistry, medicinal chemistry, physics, molecular biosciences and related fields share the Integrated Science Building, which boasts 280,000 square feet of clean, modern space for education and research. For students, this means new classrooms, new ways of interacting with instructors and classmates, and close integration of their undergraduate studies with cutting-edge research activity. For researchers, it means a state-of-the-art facility designed to spawn multidisciplinary research and be an anchoring point for collaboration among KU’s research centers and campuses.

More broadly, the Integrated Science Building benefits the entire University of Kansas by helping us recruit new scholars, pursue new funding opportunities, foster technology-based startups and enhance the visibility of KU nationally.

In December 2019, the Kansas Board of Regents authorized KU to rename the building “Gray-Little Hall” in honor of former Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little. This name change will take effect sometime in 2021 and, depending on COVID-19 circumstances, coincide with a ceremony and celebratory event. 

Below is the timeline of the opening of ISB:

ISB is open and students are attending classes in the new active learning classrooms and teaching laboratories. The new building boasts:

  • 4 collaborative-learning classrooms
  • 21 teaching labs
  • 41 research labs

Excitement is building as faculty, students and staff prepare to move into ISB. June 5, 2018, marks the first day classes will be held in the new ISB labs and lecture rooms.  Stay tuned for photos of our cutting-edge teaching labs and active-learning classrooms.

Hard hat tours begin for faculty and other research staff who will have research lab space in the new ISB. The building is still set to open in the summer of 2018.

KU Chemistry is excited to announce the new Integrated Science Building (ISB), which is a significant part of the Central District. Construction began in early Spring 2016, with the demolition of Stouffer Place and site preparation work continuing through the summer. The construction of the ISB is expected to be completed in time for Fall 2018 courses. The Central District will also include a new student union in place of the demolished Burge Union. Read more about KU's new Central District.

In his campus-wide e-news message, titled "Redefining KU's Skyline for Greater Discovery," then-Provost Jeffrey Vitter described the anticipated Integrated Science Building as "a distinguishing feature of the Central District and Innovation Way." Finding a balance between teaching and research, the ISB will house new chemistry teaching labs that help ensure students have access to the latest techniques while also allowing students to see research advances in the same building. A clean room suite will allow more researchers to pursue cutting-edge efforts related to two new research centers — focused on life sciences and materials science — contained in the structure. As practices and pursuits change, researchers can easily outfit and reconfigure the flexible-design labs. A 350-seat auditorium will enable departments to host conference presentations when not in classroom use.