The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT, Building 76500 Main Street, Cambridge, MA
Themes: Innovation and collaboration
Enhancement of life and learning
The Koch Institute fosters information-sharing and collaboration among biologists and engineers seeking innovative new ways to understand and eradicate cancer.
Themes and priorities
Designed to revolutionize the diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of cancer, the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research fosters information-sharing and collaboration among biologists and engineers working to understand and eradicate the disease. The building’s leading-edge laboratory, work, and meeting spaces are adjacent to clustered common areas that promote chance encounters and cross-disciplinary interaction. By integrating innovations in biology, genomics, chemistry, engineering, and computer science, the Koch Institute strives to accelerate the transformation of new discoveries into direct benefits for patients.
The LEED Gold-certified Koch Institute encompasses over 40 laboratories and more than 500 researchers in-house and throughout the campus, transforming and transcending the MIT Center for Cancer Research (CCR) founded in 1974 by Nobel Laureate and MIT professor Salvador Luria. Now the heart of cancer research at MIT, the Koch Institute is one of eight National Cancer Institute-designated basic (non-clinical) research centers in the U.S.
School or Unit
Architect: Ellenzweig; Cambridge, MA
General Contractor: William A. Berry & Son, Inc.; Danvers, MA
MIT team: Arne Abramson, Martin Deluga, James May, Milan Pavlinic, and Travis Wanat
Six floors of research laboratories. The ground floor houses administration offices and meeting facilities, public galleries, a café, and Institute Core Labs.
Sustainable Design Elements
- Brownfield redevelopment
- Storm water filtration system
- Reflective roof material to reduce the heat island effect
- Heat recovery methods incorporated into HVAC systems
- VAV system and right sizing of HVAC equipment to reduce energy use
- Low-emitting materials including adhesives, sealants, paints, and carpets
- Low flow fume hoods to reduce ventilation requirements
- Low velocity duct work to reduce fan energy
- A construction waste management plan that recycles and salvages waste
LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, 2011
In the News
- View news on the Koch Institute website
- Turning green to gold, Koch building takes the lead in lab energy performance; MIT News, October 27, 2011
- David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research feted; MIT celebrates the official opening of the institute's new building; MIT News, March 8, 2011
- New Koch Institute building to open soon; Researchers will start moving into the 365,000-square-foot building next week; MIT News, October 27, 2010
- MIT breaks ground for Koch institute; MIT News, March 8, 2008
- An interview with Tyler Jacks on the new David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research; MIT News, October 17, 2007
- David H. Koch gives $100 million to MIT for cancer research MIT to establish an integrative research institute to develop new paradigms in cancer research; MIT News, October 9, 2007
- The Integration of Engineering and Cancer Biology; xconomy.com, October 9, 2007
View video collection of the dedication of The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, March 3rd and 4th, 2011