Named in honor of Eugene F. Merkert, founder and president of the food brokerage business Merkert Enterprises and a generous contributor to the building, Merkert Center is located at the far end of Middle Campus, near Conte Forum and Alumni Stadium, on Beacon Street.
Boston College's Chemistry Department was originally housed in Devlin Hall, together with the other science departments of the University. When Higgins Hall was completed in 1966, the Departments of Physics and Biology moved into the new building, but Chemistry remained in Devlin Hall.
The Chemistry Department is now housed in the 109,000-square-foot Merkert Chemistry Center, which opened in fall 1991. The building contains modern laboratories, classrooms, and computer facilities; it is regarded as a model for chemistry departments nationwide and as a standard of laboratory innovation and excellence. Each year, a distinguished scientist visits the department as the University Lecturer and offers an annual seminar series attended by outstanding visiting scientists.