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LEED Rating System:LEED for Commercial Interiors
LEED Rating Version:2.0
Certification Level:Silver
Month Completed:08
Year Completed:2010
Client (School/Department):FAS

Project Highlights

  • 88% of the project waste was diverted from landfills
  • 68% of all wood products are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council
  • 12% reduction in standard lighting power density

Project Summary

The Kunes and Francis Laboratory project is an approximately 6,248 square foot laboratory renovation to accommodate research personnel under the direction of Professor Sam Kunes and Nicole Francis. The laboratory program includes faculty office, graduate student seating, wet lab, radiology lab, tissue culture and equipment rooms. The Kunes and Francis Lab is part of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology within Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS). Research areas of the department include: biochemistry, biophysics, genetics, cell biology, molecular evolution, neurobiology, gene expression, structural biology, and other related disciplines.

From the early stages of conceptual design, the project team was focused on achieving sustainability objectives by reducing energy use while maintaining occupant comfort. The renovation leverages a more efficient mechanical system to minimize energy waste.

As part of Harvard’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30% below 2006 levels by 2016, inclusive of growth, FAS is committed to sustainability. The Kunes and Francis Lab project is evidence of this commitment.