Spec-tacular Results

Oct. 8, 2010
A first-of-its-kind multitenant research laboratory building opens new doors in cutting-edge design.

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Research is all about forging new ground and evaluating possibilities. It's no wonder, then, that the new Center for Life Science | Boston (CLSB) – a 20-story, 776,000-square-foot, multitenant, speculative research building – has brought a signature presence to Boston's prestigious Longwood Medical Area, where 14.5 million square feet of offices and labs are packed onto 215 acres and new development is rare. The building, which effectively and distinctively subdivides an existing medical "superblock," is now 95% leased, has earned LEED Gold certification, and sold midway through construction for a record price of more than $1,000 per square foot.

The CLSB's sculpted facade distinguishes the building, while its glass curtainwall and dynamic form set it apart from its predominately concrete neighbors. A soaring, 2-story, multipurpose galleria on the ground-level serves as a center of activity, with pedestrian walkways that encourage interaction and access to retail and other amenities.


Center for Life Science | Boston


Remarkable for its look and feel, the building became a prototype for the USGBC's LEED for Labs program. Among the key sustainable elements are a 68% water use reduction (low-flow toilets use rainwater and RO/DI reject water for flushing); ventilation rates that are 60% above ASHRAE 62.1-2004; diversion of 82% of construction waste away from landfills; and extensive access to daylighting and views.

Project Team

(partial list)

Architect (Award Submitter): Tsoi/Kobus & Associates Inc.
Owner: BioMed Realty Trust Inc.
Developer: Lyme Properties LLC
Construction Manager: William A. Berry & Son Inc.
MEP Engineer: AHA Consulting Engineers
Structural Engineer: McNamara/Salvia Inc.
Landscape Architect: Copley Wolff Design Group
Acoustical Consultant: Shen Milsom & Wilke

To "get it right," Rick Kobus, senior principal at Tsoi/Kobus & Associates Inc., recalls how the entire project team took the time to figure out the best, most appropriate approaches to the design, including the creation of a cost-effective core and shell that would also provide maximum flexibility for virtually any scientific or engineering demand and easily allow for future change. Such intricate planning also ensured the success of an incredibly compressed construction timeframe – "which went beyond fast-track to flash-track," says Kobus when describing the 28-month cycle.


Doors: Vistawall
Facades/Curtainwall: Antamex International, Inc.
Hardware: Adams Rite
Insulation: Dow, Roxul
Roofing: Carlisle
Signage: Design Communications, Ltd.
Windows/Glass: Antamex International, Inc.
Window Film: 3M
Building Controls: Siemens
Electrical (power/wiring/cabling): Russelectric
Elevators/Escalators: Kone
Fire/Life Safety: Grace Construction Products, Reliable Fire Equipment Co.
Lighting: Lutron
Plumbing/Washrooms: Kohler
Security: Siemens
Blinds/Window Treatments: Mechoshade
Carpet: Bentley
Ceilings: Armstrong, Decoustics
Doors: Total Door Systems
Flooring: Wausau Tile, DePaoli Mosiac Co.
Hardware: LCN, Sargent, Schlage
Paint: Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams
Signage: Design Communications, Ltd.
Walls/Partitions: USG

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