Innovation in Design at Novartis Complex in Cambridge, MAfrom Matt Capone
For the design of the new Novartis research campus, CannonDesign teamed with Maya Lin and Toshiko Mori to produce a centerpiece in Cambridge, MA for the global leader of the pharmaceutical industry. Boston Globe titles it as, “one of ten projects that will change innovation landscape in Boston and Cambridge.”
Increasing the land lease with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Novartis is developing a $600 million, 550,000 square foot campus consisting of a lab, office and retail space. The new location will serve as the company’s worldwide research operations. Two new buildings and one existing building renovation will take place at the campus at Massachusetts Avenue.
The project is seeking LEED Gold certification for the new buildings, and is incorporating Isokorb® type S22 structural thermal breaks to increase energy efficiency by reducing thermal bridging. Schӧck Isokorb® manufactured structural thermal breaks will be included in the canopy connections of the building.
This expansion is expecting to change the way Novartis conducts research, promoting increased collaboration, idea-sharing and teamwork. CannonDesign is serving at the architect of record and design engineer. The project will incorporate CannonDesign’s “New Scientific Workplace,” design strategy, focused on creating new opportunities for collaboration and cross-disciplinary communication. The complex will achieve this by combining flexible laboratory spaces that can accommodate multiple sciences now and in the future along with conference and informal meeting spaces, via MIT.edu
The project began in 2012 and is slated for completion in 2015. Look for more updates as the construction continues.
Here is a short video on Isokorb type S22 in steel canopies.
Novartis Complex Project Team:
Architect of Record: Cannon Design www.cannondesign.com
Construction Manager: Skanska USA www.usa.skanska.com
Isokorb installation team: Cives Steel Company http://www.cives.com/ and Draper Metals