Guide to the Chemistry Building

   Welcome to the Brookhaven Chemistry Laboratory. This building was completed in 1966 and involved considerable planning on the part of members of the Chemistry Division, Architectural Planning Division at BNL and architects and engineers directly retained for the building design. The scheme of the building was developed in collaboration with Marcel Breuer and Robert F. Gatje. Final design Was carried out by Wank, Adams and Slavin, architect. and Vitro Corp., engineers.

   The Chemistry Building has been designed to make adequate facilities available for research and to provide an informal atmosphere for free exchange among people in the Department. There are public areas, shared laboratories, shared office spaces and privately assigned places.

Safety:  A newcomer to the building, should familiarize himself with locations of key areas. Of major importance are fire and safety supplies and exits. Each laboratory is provided with a safety shower and safety exit. 2 1/2 lb. Purple K extinguishers are installed in all laboratories, either at the door to the service chase or at the end of the center is1and bench where such a bench is installed. Two 10 lb. extinguishers are located in each chase.

Stairs and Elevators: The building has a central main staircase for personnel traffic and only. Each wing has a staircase. There is a rear staircase for traffic directly to service areas The building has a freight elevator at the rear core. The passenger elevator is located in the east core corridor. The passenger elevator is for passengers only. Flammable material, chemicals, solvents, etc. can be transported in the freight elevator but not in the passenger elevator. Radioactive sources should be transported by the nuclear dumbwaiter.

Parking: Park in paved areas adjacent to the building. Parking in the front drive is reserved for visitors. (no ten minute stops). The drive to the dumbwaiter on the northwest side is reserved for deliveries to the dumbwaiter. Please do not park on planted areas or the grass near the building.

Laboratories: A feature of the architectural design the half glass partitions between the laboratories and the wing corridors. Equipment should be placed sufficiently back from the partition so as not to block the view and light. The glass is to be kept clean and free of posters and other hangings. Holes are not to be drilled in walls or in the laboratory furniture. If changes in utilities are required, or provisions for mounting objects on the wall are necessary, please make. request for alteration through N. B. Munhofen. Attach all water and gas lines securely to avoid floods and release of gas into the air. Stone bench tops, while relatively resistant to chemical attack. are subject to heat shock. Please use asbestos pads under all hot plates. gas burners, etc.

Alcoves: The alcoves provide desk, reading and conversational areas adjacent to the laboratories. Keep all furniture inside the alcove area and do not block the corridors. No tall furniture should block the view through the alcoves to the outside. Before affixing any posters, calendars, charts, etc. to the walls of the alcoves or laboratory corridor walls, check with the Department Art Committee, Dr. E. V. Sayre, Chairman. The general policy is not to clutter these walls. Provisions have been made for bulletin boards in each wing and isotope charts where necessary.

Offices: Offices are to be treated according to the desires and tastes of the occupant. It is requested that nothing be attached to the walls with tape. Only mounted material should be hung with plaster wall fasteners to be installed on request from J. Dominy in the stockroom.

Storage: Please avoid stacking stationary material on the floors. This interferes with janitorial services.

Ventilation: The building is fully air conditioned with individual temperature control for each room. Humidity is controlled at 70 +/-10 degrees except for special areas. To insure proper operation of the ventilating system do not open any windows except in an emergency. The ventilation system requires the air to move from space to space through existing louvers. Do not block any louvered areas. Do not attempt to adjust anything connected with the ventilating system. In due course we will instruct you about the two speed ventilating system as well as fire control in hoods.

Jacob Bigeleisen, Chairman


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Last Modified: February 9, 2016