Broad Institute - 320 Charles Street

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Project Info
Broad Institute - 320 Charles Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Completion Date: 2009
Square Footage: 50,000

The Broad Institute designs and carries out large-scale genome sequencing projects to support cutting-edge research and their platform enabled the institute to be a major contributor to the Human Genome Project. To keep up with the institute’s success and growth, the platform required updated facilities to support its research.

Perkins+Will applied its understanding of the client’s process and workflow to create a fully flexible space that could easily adapt to changes in equipment, lab practices, and scientific demands. The selection and design of an overhead utility system as well as fully-mobile casework supported the client’s need for flexibility and allows future growth. The re-organization of existing offices, equipment rooms, and other support spaces improved adjacencies for the researchers and maximized space efficiency.

The project respected the need for economy by maximizing the re-use of existing construction and limiting interventions to key features, such as the introduction of an interior communicating stair between the sequencing floor and new mezzanine offices. The finish palette complements the established aesthetic of the Broad Institute headquarters while creating a space with a unique identity all its own.