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Photograph by Jim Harrison

Journal Opener

Exterior construction of the Laboratory for Integrated Science and Engineering nears completion in this view (see below) from Oxford Street in Cambridge; occupancy is scheduled for next summer. The physical-sciences facility, one of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences largest investments, includes below-grade clean rooms for nanoscale research (see September-October 2005, pages 54-55, for a crane-top view of the excavation). A new courtyardthe roof of the underground laboratorieswill ultimately connect the quadrangle formed by the rising tower, the Music Building, the Science Center, and McKay Laboratory.

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