Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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The Koch Institute Building

The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT, Building 76

500 Main Street, Cambridge, MA

Status: Complete

Themes: Innovation and collaboration
Sustainability
Enhancement of life and learning

Completion: 2010

The Koch Institute fosters information-sharing and collaboration among biologists and engineers seeking innovative new ways to understand and eradicate cancer.

Overview

The Koch Institute Building
The Koch Institute Lab
The Koch Institute Lab
The Koch Institute hallway
The Koch Institute Building
The Koch Institute Building
The Koch Institute sidewalk

Status

Complete

Completion Date

2010

Themes and priorities

Innovation and collaboration
Sustainability
Enhancement of life and learning

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.

Image credits

Ellenzweig-Associates and Vanderwarker

Details

Address

500 Main Street, Cambridge, MA

School or Unit

School of Engineering (SoE), School of Science (SoS)

Use

Academic

Project Team

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

Scope

360,000 gsf

Design Features

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

Awards

LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, 2011

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