From: David Roberts <droberts**At_Symbol_Here**DEPAUW.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Storage of Organic Chemistry Glassware Kits
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2016 13:02:55 -0500
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So when we re-did our science building a few years back, we went through the same issue. For our situation, the best solution was 2-fold. First - we went from a macro-scale situation to a micro-scale one. That is something that many seemed to do years before us, but the situation had really never presented itself, so we waited until we had to. In doing that, we went to the smaller black boxes for storage of our organic glassware.

Then, our room only holds 72 drawers, and we had a situation where we needed to open up an extra section, making having an extra 24 (and possibly 48) a real situation.

For that we built lockers along a wall - and we put 15 qt rubbermaid bins inside of those home-made lockers. The lockers do have a key for each student, and they are unique. The lockers hold the bins nicely, and the bins hold the organic kits as well as any extra glassware that the students might use (and goggles, etc‰?|). They can fit their samples and whatever in those lockers as well.

It"s not ideal, but it does work. By having a wall of lockers, we can go higher than the under cabinet drawers would be, having columns of 3-5 lockers high. Students go to the locker at the beginning of class, grab their bin and go to some sort of work space where they can use stuff in their bins and do whatever they need. At the end of the day they put it all away in their lockers.

We thought of making a rolling locker set that we could roll to a lockable place after class, but the need for students to get samples outside of normal times for routine analysis like NMR/IR/melting point made it such that we decided a fixed bank inside the lab was better. But really one could make a rolling set of lockers that would then be usable by any class - thus expanding the typical usage of any one particular lab room.

Good luck with that. Let me know if you need more specs or whatever. Thanks


> On Jan 15, 2016, at 12:49 PM, Edward Movitz wrote:
> We are working on designing a new STEM building where all undergraduate labs will be held in the future. The enrollment limiting factors for Organic labs is, as most of you know, is having a separate, lockable, storage space for every student's glassware kit.
> There is only so much available space in a lab for individual cabinets or drawers.
> Has anyone developed a procedure, a plan, or a way to safely and conveniently store 25, 50 or even a hundred glassware kits at the end of each laboratory. Are there any movable lockers, lockable glassware kits, or any suggestions out there ?
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