Johnston Lab – Wise Construction

Harvard University

Johnston Lab

A complex MEP infrastructure upgrade was required in order to support the ongoing experiments of the earth’s biogeochemical history. This required extensive reworking and coordination of utilities. Wise modified the existing infrastructure and added new infrastructure to accommodate lab requirements, including a new HVAC system and a pre-action fire protection system. Included installaton of new stainless steel piping for lab gases as well as all new lab casework.

Market Sector


Harvard University




Perkins + Will

Square Footage

3,000 SF

Key Features

Occupied Renovation, Laboratory, Infrastructure/Conversion, BSL


Working within an active research facility; hoisting new equipment in a zero laydown, busy area of campus


Shutdowns were organized off-hours and a temporary generator was utilized to ensure zero downtime for surrounding labs; extensive coordination with Harvard and the city enabled a succesful crane pick for the new AHU and exhaust fan to the rooftop


The department of Earth and Planetary Sciences is now equipped with a state-of-the-art lab powering them to do groundbreaking research on earth’s origins


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