Carnegie Mellon University Department of Chemistry

About the Department


Undergraduate Laboratory Renovation

North elevation view of Doherty addition.

The MCS Undergraduate Laboratory Renovation Project, recently given final approval by the Board of Trustees, involves an 8-story addition to the west wing of Doherty Hall as well as renovation of existing spaces for the Departments of Chemistry, Art and Physics. Architect's renderings and floor plans of the project are now available.

For the Department of Chemistry, the project will result instate-of-the-art facilities for the teaching of introductory, analytical, physical and synthetic chemistry as well as ancillary support functions servicing both the laboratory program and undergraduate majors. The space will include a computer cluster, study room, staff offices and chemical storage space. The introductory lab was designed in a collaborative effort by faculty from the departments of chemistry, physics and biological science anticipating its use in the teaching of interdisciplinary and discipline-specific courses for first year students. A 125-seat lecture hall will enhance the quality of science instruction for the entire college.

Synthetic Lab Workstation.

The $26 million project has presently received monetary support from the Mellon Foundation, Merck Inc., PPG Industries Inc. and an anonymous foundation. The faculty of all three departments have been working with the architectural firm of Burt Hill Kosar Rittelmann Associates throughout the design process. Groundbreaking is currently slated for March 2001, with occupancy of the synthetic and analytical laboratories to take place during the summer of 2002 and completion of the introductory lab space about 9 months later.