LEED Rating System: LEED-CI

LEED Rating: GOLD

Date Completed: June, 2010

Certified LEED-CI Gold in June 2010, Jacobsen Lab is an approximately 6,000 square foot organic chemistry lab located on the second floor of the Mallinckrodt Laboratory Building at 12 Oxford Street in Cambridge, MA. Mallinckrodt, originally constructed in 1928, is one of the four buildings within the Cabot Science Complex that together house all 278,000 sq.ft. of laboratories for Harvard’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology (CCB).

The project was a complete renovation of an existing, functionally obsolete lab space into an energy efficient 20-person synthetic organic lab. In order to support the research activities of Professor Jacobsen and his lab group, the space was renovated to accommodate 21 fume hoods, island and wall benches, write-up rooms, a kitchenette, seminar room, glove box room, instrument room and three chemical storage spaces, as well as new men's and women's bathrooms.

Sustainability was a focus throughout the project - with Harvard’s Green Building Guidelines and the LEED-CI rating system guiding the selection of materials and the design of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) systems. Jacobsen Lab serves as an example of the importance of sustainable design and construction combined with proactive strategies for sustainability within labs.

Project Highlights:

  • 84% of on-site generated construction waste was diverted from landfills.
  • 19% of the total material value came from postconsumer and/or pre-consumer recycled materials.
  • 48% of the total material value came from materials manufactured within 500 miles of the project site.
  • 6% of the total material value came from rapidly renewable materials.
  • 50% reduction in water consumption over EPAct 1992 compliant fixtures.

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