New England Biolabs
Unique and connected
Challenged to provide for a wide range of uses for the site while maintaining the existing campus’s highly personal scale, the design team expanded the existing Main Lab Building horizontally into the hillside. This enabled a large amount of space to sit under a green roof that directly connects and expands existing outdoor spaces, while placing the exposed building into conversation with its surroundings.
NEB considers its campus an expression of its values - which is why the Garden Expansion Project uses thousands of square feet of planted roof to blend into its surroundings. While greens roofs are often seen as trendy, these green roofs are virtually invisible to visitors who think that they are simply walking on lawn, or walking in an adjacent meadow.
In seeking to create an area that could act as a lobby, break out space, circulation, and art gallery, the design team was inspired by a striking feature of NEB’s existing main building: a building-long, two-story skylit atrium, which expresses the connectivity and creativity of the company’s culture. Emulating it resulted in a space that demonstrates how structure, light, finish, and movement come together in one delightful environment.
Water is life
Environmental stewardship - especially of water - has always been a focus of NEB, who have long treated every drop that exits their facilities with a ‘living machine’. The expansion was a chance to do even more. Now, when it rains, a runnel coming from the building activates and leads to an aesthetically planted integral rain garden, allowing water to slowly filter and reenter the natural water table.
Total Energy Use Reduction
Reduction in Carbon Footprint
Reduction in Water Use
An extensive system of green roofs, rain gardens and runnels make the presence and importance of water evident through design.