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 Osborn Triangle facility, built by MIT). The full renovation of 620 Memorial enabled 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. The 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 VL-46. The building was fully leased in 2015, and MIT enabled the majority of tenants to shuffle their space within the building in 2018. This made it possible for existing tenants to expand or contract their footprint and extend their lease terms while the building continued to maintain 100% occupancy.
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. Advancements that could be realized at 620 Memorial Drive include new cancer and autoimmune therapies, targeted treatment for diseased cells, and gene controls to treat cancer and other diseases.
School or Unit
Architect: R. E. Dinneen Architects and Planners, Boston, MA
Construction manager: Consigli, Milford, MA
MIT team: Allen Breed (MITIMCo)
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
- Preferred parking spaces for low-emitting fuel-efficient vehicles
- Electric vehicle charging stations
- Water efficient landscaping
- LEED Gold certified