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Throwback Thursday: Harvard University Biology Lab

Updated: Dec 8, 2021

Celebrating 60 Years


In honor of celebrating 60 years, F&T is sharing past projects and clients from over the years.

This week’s Throwback Thursday: Harvard University’s Biology Laboratory, which was completed in 1998.


F&T provided MEP/FP engineering services for the 4,000-sf laboratory renovation to provide the space with optimal energy savings. Harvard is America’s oldest higher learning institution, having been founded in 1836.



The design challenge was to integrate four new fume hoods into renovated laboratory space. The hoods were to be controlled by variable frequency drives for energy savings, while above ceiling and mechanical room spaces were very tight.


Our solution was to design the fume hood exhaust system using variable frequency drives on fans linked to hood sash sensors. The exhaust airflow varied with sash position to maintain a constant face velocity across the hood. Air supplied to the labs spaces was modulated through terminal boxes to ensure that the spaces remained under negative pressure. New and renovated fan coil units supplied cooling to the space.





Photo Source: Daderot, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons