Draper Laboratory

Health & Science
LOCATION: Cambridge, MA
SIZE: 23,600 sq. ft.
OWNERS: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc.
ARCHITECT: Elkus Manfredi Architects
PHOTOGRAPHER: © Jasper Sanidad, © Andrew Bordwin

DESIGN TEAM:Keith Yancey
 Jennifer Sanborn

Magnifying the quiet brilliance of many scientists, and casting light into the dark shadows of a tired, old 1980s building was the primary goal of the design team.  Draper Labs is switching its focus from government contracts to the public sector for the first time in over 85 years of its history. The remarkable minds that helped Apollo 11 safely navigate to the moon in 1969 needed an environment conducive to their highest levels of performance.  The interior design needed to reflect the intelligence, creativity, and ingenuity of these scientists, to help display their services and perform their crafts. The 7th floor is the first impression for the outside world. That’s where the design team started the transformation. Each programmed space utilizes a unique visual enhancement conducive to the programmed usage. Incorporating LED light sources exclusively, the design team was able to achieve lighting power densities 26% below the energy code. Further energy reduction is accomplished through automatic daylight dimming in all perimeter zones, and vacancy sensors in small offices and meeting rooms.