The Jacobsen Laboratory renovation was completed as part of Ellenzweig’s continuous service, on-going since 1973, to Harvard University’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology in the Cabot Science Complex. The project consisted of renovations and an infill addition to the Mallinckrodt and Conant Laboratory Buildings to provide new laboratory, lab support, core labs, conference room, and office facilities for Professor Eric Jacobsen’s research group. The innovative plan eliminated a central corridor and small individual research labs and replaced them with a single open lab that enhances both researcher interaction and safety.
The Jacobsen research facilities accommodate 20 researchers. A variety of new laboratory spaces, including an instrument lab, is now available to the research group; write-up areas are located adjacent to the laboratories. A digital meter, installed to indicate the real-time air flow through the fume hoods in cubic feet per minute, has been found to be the single-most effective energy-reduction strategy in Harvard’s overall Green Campus Initiative. The annual energy cost savings realized through use of these meters in Harvard’s fume-hood intensive Naito Chemistry Building, installed for only a few thousand dollars each, exceeds $200,000.
The project is LEED Gold certified.