General Services


The General Services group was established at the Laboratory in 1946 to provide vital services necessary for the operation of the research and administration groups within the Laboratory. The General Services group reconfigures laboratory spaces, assembles and moves labs and office furniture, as well as assisting with experimental equipment that is being shipped to off-campus sites.

During conferences, seminars and meetings, the General Services group provides transportation and assists with logistics. On a daily basis the group makes pickups and deliveries on campus and at local vendors. The group also provides a shuttle service to the Bates Research and Engineering Center in Middleton, MA upon request. (Bates is located twenty-five miles north of campus.) This group is also responsible for the maintenance and assignment of 5 lab vehicles (provided by MIT) and one forklift.

The Administrator for HR, EHS and Facilities is responsible for the daily operations of the group, assists with the coordination of the Laboratory's space changes, and maintenance of records on 185,338 square feet of laboratory space. The Administrator also serves as the Laboratory EHS Coordinator and interacts with Laboratory EHS Reps as well as safety officials from MIT EHS and OSHA.

Reserve Vehicles

LNS personnel requiring a vehicle must make a reservation by contacting the General Services Office at 253-4125.

In addition to LNS requirements for using lab vehicles, MIT also has a policy on vehicle use that you must adhere to.

Please read the policy to understand your obligations when driving an MIT vehicle. This policy includes a motor vehicle record (MVR) check every three years for ***non-union*** employees. To get these checks, you must:

  1. Download and complete document.
  2. Have Karen Dow complete the authorization form
  3. Take these forms and your driver’s license to E17-106:
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30AM to 12:30PM
    • Wednesdays 9:00AM-5:00PM except for NH licenses
  4. Note that although Massachusetts accepts licenses from certain other countries
    Our understanding from the MIT Insurance Office is that only a US license is acceptable for operating an MIT vehicle.

Smoking is prohibited in all LNS vehicles. The cooperation of all LNS vehicle users is expected. Violators of this policy will be banned from using all LNS vehicles.

***Union*** employees should follow only Steps 2 and 3.