LEED Rating System: LEED-CI


Date Completed: December, 2009

Originally constructed in 1954 and located at 22 Divinity Avenue in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the four-story Harvard University Herbaria Building, housing more than 5 million specimens, is the world's largest university-owned herbarium.

The 5,100 square foot renovation of the First Floor Lab was done to accommodate four faculty members and their researchers within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Organismic & Evolutionary Biology (OEB) Department. The renovated space now includes one (1) large wet lab, one (1) small lab, seven (7) small rooms for specialized research and equipment and two (2) restrooms. The scope included layout, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection,
tel/data, and lab equipment upgrades. Construction was completed in August 2009.

The new space will be used for research in forest ecology, plant diversity and broader impacts of global change on terrestrial ecosystems.

The Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the OEB Department are committed to sustainability and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This renovation meets all applicable Harvard Green Building Guideline requirements, and has achieved LEED-CI Gold certification, making it the University’s 39th certified project.

Project Highlights:

  • 41% reduction in water consumption over EPAct 1992 compliant fixtures
  • 78% of the equipment and appliances are Energy Star® rated
  • 15% reduction in installed interior lighting power density (watts/square feet) below the code standard
  • 84% of all construction and demolition waste was diverted from landfills
  • 56% of the total material value consists of products manufactured locally

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