Harvard University, Herbaria Retrofit and Upgrades

  • Project Type:Herbaria Retrofit
  • Owner:Harvard University
  • Location:Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Architect:Weatherston Bruer Associates
  • Engineer:Hecht and Associates Architects, Inc
  • Project Dates:Spring – Summer 2013

For this 5,000 sq. ft. preconstruction and construction project, DCBA retrofitted Harvard University’s Herbaria in a space over an occupied library. Due to the sensitive equipment, plants, and environment (the library houses rare books), workers exercised particular care throughout this project. Scope included adding over 500 new High Density Mobile Storage Cabinets and Carriages, dismantling and removing 350 Steel Specimen Storage Cases and then shipping them (with a reconstruction manual) to locations all over the globe, and making electrical and HVAC upgrades. DCBA trenched and installed custom bearing plates and a new electrical panel and riser to feed a new LED lighting system. In order for the “8” track rail system to work properly, workers had to level the floor. After using a cement mortar compound, DCBA applied epoxy flooring to bring the floor up a final 1/16 of an inch.