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281 Albany Street

The rejuvenated laboratory building at 281 Albany Street now provides laboratory and office spaces to support innovative life science and clean energy companies. 

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281 Albany Street

281 Albany Street

281 Albany Street, Cambridge, MA

Status: Complete

Themes: Innovation and collaboration
Renovation and renewal

Completion: 2010

The rejuvenated laboratory building at 281 Albany Street now provides laboratory and office spaces to support innovative life science and clean energy companies. 

Overview

281 Albany Street

Status

Complete

Completion Date

2010

Themes and priorities

Innovation and collaboration
Renovation and renewal

In 2010, MIT transformed a 32,000 square foot, two-story property at 281 Albany Street from an obsolete manufacturing plant into a next-generation laboratory and office facility. In addition to renovating and upgrading the building’s interior, MIT added windows around the perimeter, relocated the loading dock, and constructed a new accessible entrance. The overall transformation has improved the streetscape along Albany Street and contributed to the area’s appeal for both pedestrians and future research partners.

The space was built to be able to accommodate multiple and single tenant occupancy. Since the renovation, the building has hosted life science and clean energy companies. Today, Shell Oil operates its research and development group, Shell TechWorks, from the space. The proximity to the Institute and other innovators in the area is key to the company’s success in developing new tools and technologies that make energy cleaner and safer.

Since the original renovation, additional updates have been made to improve the energy use of the building systems.

Image credits

Steve Dunwell / Esto

Details

Address

281 Albany Street, Cambridge, MA

Use

Commercial

Project Team

ArchitectKlingStubbins, Cambridge, MA
Construction manager: The Richmond Group, Hopkinton, MA
MIT team: Ken Williams (MITIMCo)

Scope

32,000 gsf

Map

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