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7. Engineering Sciences Lab

The Engineering Sciences Lab (ESL) located at 58 Oxford Street houses SEAS labs researching bioengineering, environmental sciences & engineering, microbiology, as well as a branch of the Wyss Institute.

ESL was designed by internationally-known architect Minoru Yamasaki (famous for his design of the World Trade Center in New York City) specifically as a high temperature gas lab.

The building was flexible for the purposes of experimentation on gases—“the walls and ceilings are lined with channels of space, approximately two feet by three feet, through which piping of all sorts can be easily run” (Harvard Crimson)—and the precast concrete system was important in the design. Since its creation the building has been renovated several times to moderize the interior.

On the northern end of the SEAS campus, the four-story building has its own entrance off Oxford Street.

  • Built: 1964
  • Architect: Minoru Yamasaki
  • Program: Laboratories, Graduate Student Space
  • Areas/Offices: Bioengineering; Environmental Science and Engineering; Microbiology; Wyss Institute
  • Gross SF: 38,760 GSF