We have gone away from individual lockers in our new building. General Chemistry teaching lab will be able to have 256 students in each session and Organic
will have space for 192 students. No individual lockers. Instead we enlarged the stock/prep rooms. Staff will prep a cart for each TA to grab. Each TA will have 16 students s/he will need to watch and cart will have 16 of each item needed. If something
breaks- student gets another one from the prep room window. Lab fees will be raised to cover breakage, as I don’t think there is a pay-if-you break-it policy. Prep Room staff will get the carts ready before the next session. Biggest issue was needing
floor space for 32 carts- 16 in use and 16 being made up for the next session.
The Gen Chem lab will have removable work stations. Each bench for 8 students will break down into 4 identical work stations. All ventilation and utilities will be coming up from floor trenches with set docking stations where the benches will be located. We’ll be able to clear them all out for______ (maybe a dance???)__ or whatever. There will be permanent islands with 4 sided clear demonstration fume hoods, gas cabinets (for specialty gases), some storage and bench tops for shared equipment like balances, etc.
If anyone wants to scroll through the new building’s website here’s the link. https://www.chem.ufl.edu/facilities/new-building/ There are schematic drawings and animations of different views and the very bottom one is the Gen Chem Lab.
At least the first 2 floors will open in the fall for the teaching labs. (1st floor- General Chem) and 2nd floor (Organic). 3rd and 4th floors will be research labs and may open later. I’ll let you know in a year or two if the concept works…. And…NO!....the building will not stay turquoise! Yes it is really ___(pick your favorite adjective)___ ugly! That is the water proofing before the brick finish goes up!
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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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