IALS will occupy the south wing of the Life Sciences Laboratories (LSL) building. The north wing is already home to several interdisciplinary research groups working at the intersections of chemistry, biology, physics, and engineering. LSL research facilities complement existing imaging, spectroscopy, genomics and bioinformatics resources on campus. Additional core research labs are planned for the IALS facility in the south wing of LSL.
IALS has initially received $150 million in investments from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center and the University of Massachusetts for new facilities and equipment. Approximately $50 million of capital funding is targeted for new state-of-the art research instrumentation and equipment. The remaining $45 million is being used to outfit three floors of the LSL. Fit out of the existing building will enable the rapid deployment of equipment for accelerated scientific discovery, industry collaboration, and economic impact. UMass Amherst has already invested $57 million to create shell space in the southern half of the LSL.
The layout of the south wing will include dedicated collaboration laboratory ("collaboratories") space for industry to work together alongside University researchers, and interdisciplinary labs. IALS will house a number of core research facilities used by one or more centers and their off campus partners in industry and academe.