The architects of this building were quite familiar with life sciences having a lot of experience in designing medical centers. That’s why they chose a design fit for this kind of academic institute, also adding the necessary features and facilities that a building like this needs. The most important area known for life science research is the Longwood Medical Area (LMA).
The new center is called the Center for Life Science | Boston (CLSB) and the guiding point of the project was: flexibility. The building is the biggest life science research space in all Boston. It is privately owned, being a multi-tenant laboratory building. It allows the cooperation between third-party capital resources and private academic medical institutions.
The design is efficient, done at the lowest cost possible. At first the center was supposed to be a 400,000-square-foot, 12-story building. But negotiations with the neighboring Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center made the developer and the City of Boston to win the sale of an adjacent parcel, making the building grow to 777,600 square feet.
This parcel meant a lot to the overall project. The developer had more rentable space, cash in hand and a beautiful 750-space for underground parking structure. The goal was to finish the building as quickly as possible so that the tenants would receive the needed space-thus CLSB was designed.
They built the building and the garage in the same time with the use of a brilliant up/down construction approach-this allowed the garage to be excavated down while the tower’s superstructure was designed and built up. This reduced the construction of the building time frame with more than one year.