This adaptive reuse project transformed 63,000 square feet of a 19th century industrial building into a 21st century research facility for SQZ Biotech (“Squeeze”). Daylight entering through ample skylights and windows satisfies much of the lighting needs during the day. On cloudy days and after dark, a bold lighting solution provides general lighting throughout by indirectly lighting the high sloped ceilings, avoiding the clutter and complexity of hanging fixtures throughout the large volumes. Additional illuminance levels at the lab benches are provided by a unique integrated bench lighting system. Overall lighting power density for the project, approximately half-lab and half-office, is only 0.45 w/ft2 resulting in a $39,697 Mass Save Performance Lighting incentive payment to the owner.
Dana Farber Cancer Institute Research LaboratoryHealth & Science
|OWNERS:||Dana Farber Cancer Institute|
|ARCHITECT:||ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge|
|CERTIFICATIONS:||LEED Silver Registered|
|PHOTOGRAPHER:||© Peter Vanderwarker|
|DESIGN TEAM:||Glenn Heinmiller|
To address continued growth in research, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute leased approximately 155,000 square feet of wet lab space within a new research building that now serves as DFCI’s new home for basic research. Through the use of novel approaches to laboratory design and program clustering, the new facility facilitates collaboration, encourages new research directions and enhances the performance of high-impact research.
Bringing together patient treatment programs into one centralized location, the 377,000-square- foot Cleveland Clinic Cancer Building includes 126 exam rooms, 98 infusion bays, six linear accelerators, seven procedure rooms, and a Gamma Knife room. The prominent cantilevered glass façade and extensive use of glass on the north and south facades fill the building with daylight, while a series of direct and indirect lighting is used in patient rooms and treatment areas to promote comfort.
Foundation Medicine develops genomic profiling assays, providing molecular insights on latest approaches to cancer treatment. The project at 250 Second Street in Cambridge, MA, has provided office and lab space for Foundation Medicine’s researchers and supporting staff, totaling approximately 50,000 square feet.
This project has provided space for C4 Therapeutics to develop its breakthrough technology of targeted protein degradation. It encompasses 20,000 square feet of laboratory space and 20,000 square feet of office space.
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.
Grande Cheese Home Office and Research CenterCorporate
|LOCATION:||Fond du Lac, WI|
|SIZE:||67,100 sq. ft.|
|OWNERS:||Grande Cheese Company|
|ARCHITECT:||Overland Partners | Architects|
|PHOTOGRAPHER:||© Ryan Gobuty, Gensler; © Dror Baldinger, AIA|
|DESIGN TEAM:||Keith Yancey|
Transparency is a key design feature of the home office and research center for the Grande Cheese Company. Situated on 40 acres of pastoral countryside in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, this 70,000-square-foot facility consists not only of office space and research labs, but also industrial kitchens, dining spaces, a health clinic, wellness facility, library, café, reenergizing rooms, and various support areas. The glass walls of each area visually dissolve barriers between visitors and daily operations in cheese-making, but also promote interaction between employees of various departments. Since the views to the exterior landscape and inner courtyard are the primary visual drivers, the electric lighting was designed not only to unobtrusively support natural lighting during daylight hours, but to also promote transparency during early evening hours. Lighting hardware was mostly invisible and concealed in architectural details to indirectly wash ceilings and walls. Decorative lighting was carefully selected and located to add visual sparkle to the soft washes of electric lighting and daylighting. Each string of crisscrossing catenary lighting in the courtyard was individually programmed to highlight plantings and objects with different intensities, based on the season of the year. In addition to the changing ‘natural’ art in the courtyard, wall washes and accent lighting were used to highlight an extensive art program throughout the building. The lighting is all LED and dimmable, based on function, or automatically controlled, based on daylight availability or occupancy.
MIT Media LabAcademic | Health & Science
|SIZE:||163,000 sq. ft.|
|OWNERS:||Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|ARCHITECT:||Leers Weinzapfel Associates Architects, Inc. with Maki and Associates|
|AWARDS:||2012 BSA Harleston Parker Medal|
|2011 IES New England Section Illuination Award|
|PHOTOGRAPHER:||© ESTO, © Lam Partners|
|DESIGN TEAM:||Keith Yancey|
The MIT Media Lab explores the interface between human beings and advanced technologies, between discipline and spontaneity, between purpose and magic. Its new building fosters, and treasures, openness, communication, and creative serendipity. Lighting provides flexibility within an orderly structure, balancing layers of reflected and transmitted light to provoke curiosity through partially revealed transparencies.
Hidden light sources complement visible ones, electric light complements daylight, playfulness complements order. Light animates the complex composition of screens, scrims and frits – like the elegant building, understated but full of surprises. The functionality of laboratory lighting mingles with the delight of discovery.
The façade’s transparency is deliberate, yet enigmatic. Varying materials create layered veils that change in perspective. Lighting reveals glimpses of innovation without divulging details. Indirectly lit planes express form and content, but downplay lighting hardware. Floor-recessed LEDs light ceilings – randomly arrayed to promote roof-deck gatherings, or in lines suggesting movement across the first floor from entries.
Integrating track with linear air diffusers keeps ceilings pristine. Electric lighting softens contrast with bright exterior views, extending daylight deep into atria. Versatile track systems all run parallel, aligning forms with many-layered interreflections into a single current.
Light seems continuous between levels, visually connecting volumes. Façade catwalks accommodate uplights and relocatable exhibit accents. Finely modulating transparencies and a richly three-dimensional composition evoke the human element in the future of technology.
Perched along the Charles River, the original Genzyme Allston Landing building is a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility, with a red brick façade. The glass curtain wall of this LEED Silver addition is a strong contrast to the older facility, yet it still maintains subtle hints of the older design.
Floor to ceiling glass with exterior sun shades and interior automated sun control louvers brings the staff closer to the outdoors, while also helping to mitigate heat gain and glare. With the introduction of daylight into the building, the lighting design offers a bright, pleasant work environment. The lighting energy usage is far below code, due to an advanced lighting control system and progressive design strategies.
Predominantly T8 fluorescent systems provide ambient illumination, while task lighting was used throughout the building to boost local light levels in workstations, and to allow users to adjust their own work environment.
The internal lighting systems also provide the lighting effect for the building at night. No façade lighting was used, but instead a few key lighting elements remain lighted for a few extra hours at night, giving passers-by a glimpse into the inner workings of the space.