LEED Rating System: LEED-CI


Date Completed: September, 2010

The Vlassak Laboratory is a 2,540 square foot facility which occupies a portion of the third floor of the Gordon McKay Laboratory Building at 9 Oxford Street in Cambridge, MA. The newly renovated lab will accommodate and enhance the complex research of Professor Joost J. Vlassak along with his team of undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs and technical staff who develop and practice techniques for studying the mechanical behavior of thin films. The new lab will allow the group to address specific subjects and issues within material engineering such as the mechanical behavior of thin metal films, adhesion and delamination of multi-layered structures containing low-k dielectrics, thin films of various alloy types, and various thin-film combinatorial approaches to alloy development. The renovated space now contains a main lab, a wet lab, an optics lab, storage space, student offices and other private lab spaces.

In support of Harvard University’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30% below 2006 levels by 2016, inclusive of growth, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the project team were committed to sustainability throughout the duration of the project. This helped to guide decision making and inform the selection of materials, as well as the mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) systems. Ultimately, the Vlassak Laboratory achieved LEED-CIv3.0 Platinum certification.

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