620 Memorial Drive620 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA
Themes: Innovation and collaboration
Renovation and renewal
Now completely renovated, the lab building at 620 Memorial Drive enhances the area’s innovation activities and provides much-needed space for growing life-science start-ups.
Themes and priorities
Acquired in 2014 by MIT, 620 Memorial Drive is a 90,000 SF, five-story lab building formerly occupied by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals (now relocated to its new facility at 610 Main Street, built by MIT). The full renovation of 620 Memorial enables the building to accommodate a new set of commercial lab research tenants.
The renovation process upgraded all interior spaces and reconfigured the space for multiple users. New common amenities including a shared meeting room and kitchen were added to encourage collaboration. Other upgrades included new, more efficient mechanical systems.
Now fully occupied, the building is home to several innovative biotechnology companies. More than 40,000 square feet of the space is occupied by Bio-Rad, a medical device manufacturer and supplier working to develop new apparatus, instruments, and other products for life science and clinical diagnostics. The remaining space serves a much-needed demand for small but growing life science start-ups, and current tenants include Evelo Therapeutics, Scholar Rock, Syros Pharmaceuticals, and Rubius Therapeutics. Advancements that could be developed at 620 Memorial Drive include new cancer and autoimmune therapies, targeted treatment for diseased cells, and gene controls to treat cancer and other diseases.
The renovated building advances MIT’s mission by extending the life science cluster and supporting innovation and economic activity in Cambridgeport and at MIT. As an enhancement to the area, it is attracting new companies pursuing groundbreaking work. The building was certified LEED Gold.
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Sustainable Design Elements
- Building re-use
- Construction waste management to recycle and salvage waste
- Enhanced energy commissioning and performance
- Low-emitting materials including adhesives, sealants, paints, and carpets
- Water efficient landscaping
- LEED Gold certified