Harvard Univ., MIT, AstraZeneca Lab Tours Scheduled for 2014 Laboratory Design Conference

Lab Tours Announced for the 2014 Laboratory Design Conference

Attendees at this year’s Laboratory Design Conference, scheduled for April 2-4 at the Westin Waltham Boston Hotel, will have the opportunity to participate in behind-the-scenes tours of state-of-the-art, regional labs that incorporate exemplary elements of sustainable lab design.

The tours will take attendees inside each lab with a facility manager and a member of the design team as their guides. The facilities participating in this year’s lab tours include:

Harvard Univ., Sherman Fairchild Biochemistry Laboratory, Cambridge, MA
Winner of the 2013 Laboratory of the Year-Special Mention, the 105,000-sf, LEED-Platinum Sherman Fairchild Building was renovated to house the Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology Dept. Originally built in 1981, the renovation needed to address a 50% increase in population density.  

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Cambridge, MA
The 354,000-sf facility includes research and core labs as well as lab support, vivarium, meeting space, cafeteria and administrative offices. The LEED-Gold Koch Institute is one of eight National Cancer Institute-designated basic (non-clinical) research centers in the U.S. The building’s opening coincided with MIT’s 150th anniversary.

AstraZeneca, R&D Expansion, Waltham, MA
AstraZeneca’s original Waltham facility was a recipient of a 2001 Laboratory of the Year award from R&D Magazine. This expansion project updated and built upon previous master planning and includes a 72,000-sf lab building. Earning LEED Gold, the campus project is home to one of AstraZeneca's Global Discovery Informatic Centers.

Carl J. Shapiro Science Center, Brandeis Univ., Waltham, MA
With 155,000 gsf of research, teaching and instrumentation space, the Shapiro Center houses biochemistry, biology, chemistry, genomics, physics, NMR and teaching labs. The pedestrian "river" organizes lobbies, multi-story spaces and bridges which interconnect new and existing buildings, encouraging cross-campus movement through the hilltop Science Center. The project won several awards including the 2011 SCUP, Honor Award for District Planning and the Boston Society of Architects, Higher Education Award Citation.

Univ. of Massachusetts Medical School, Albert Sherman Center, Worcester, MA
The over 500,000-sf facility houses 255,000 sf of research space. The design of this translational medicine facility bridges the worlds of lab bench work and clinical applications. The combination of efficient and sustainable design and advanced technologies has resulted in LEED Gold certification. As the finishing piece to UMass Medical School’s main quad, the Sherman Center now serves as the hub of the Medical School’s campus.

Learn more about the 2014 Laboratory Design Conference.