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Salisbury Laboratories

Salisbury Labs

100 Institute Road, Worcester MA, 01609

Completed in 1898, Salisbury Labs is WPI's third oldest building. It was funded with a gift from Stephen Salisbury III in honor of his father, Stephen Salisbury II, a Worcester businessman who donated the land for WPI's campus and served as chairman of its first board of trustees. The building was designed by Stephen Earle and originally contained classrooms and labs for several departments, including Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, and Physics. Today Salisbury Labs is home to the Department of Humanities and Arts and K–12 Outreach Programs. The building also contains many classrooms, large lecture rooms, and extensive laboratory facilities.

COVID-19 Building-Specific Safety Measures

  • Cleaning: Daily enhanced cleaning of high-touch surfaces in classrooms, hallways, stairs, bathrooms, and meeting spaces. Daily fogging of spaces with a disinfectant cleaning solution. 
  • Cleaning Supplies: Provided in centralized locations on each floor and in classrooms so individuals can clean their own workspace and equipment. 
  • Hand Sanitizer: Provided at entrances, in classrooms, and throughout public areas. Departments may be providing hand sanitizer at additional locations in office suites. 
  • Signage: To inform social distancing practices, occupancy limits, and cleaning requirements throughout the building. 
  • Bathrooms: Bathrooms have reduced occupancies required — some will be single-use occupancy to maintain social distancing. Drinking fountains have been shut off for your safety — where available, water bottle filler stations remain operational.
  • Classrooms and Teaching Labs: Classroom capacity has been reduced to maintain 6’ social distancing, daily enhanced cleaning of high-touch surfaces, cleaning supplies provided for students and faculty to clean personal space, where possible directional flow in and out of classrooms are indicated. 
  • Ventilation: Windows may be opened for ventilation. If you open a window, be sure to shut off the air conditioner in that space. Ventilation systems have been inspected, filters changed, and adjusted to increase ventilation rates.
  • Clear Barriers: Clear plexiglass barriers have been installed at classroom teaching stations and service desks in department offices to help reduce transmission. 
  • Building Access: The building will remain locked during business hours and is accessible with your WPI ID card. Campus visitors must register in advance and be escorted by the department. 

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