400 Technology Square, Cambridge, MA

Built in 1965 in the International Style, 400 Technology Square is 10 stories, plus a basement, and contains approximately 200,000 sf. The building is a concrete framed structure with pre-cast skin.  Alexandria Real Estate Equities sought to convert this office building to lab-ready use to support the vibrant life science industry in Kendall Square.

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The conversion involved the complete removal of all systems and finishes throughout the interiors, and installation of state-of-the-art upgraded mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems for its new use. All required architectural upgrades for code conformance were undertaken.  A screened mechanical platform was added to the roof, and a large part of the previous mechanical space on the 10th floor was incorporated as office space open to exterior views with a new curtain wall system.  The building’s floors and exterior walls were upgraded for fire and energy code compliance.  Common area lobbies received all new finishes, and restrooms were refitted with new fixtures, partition systems and finishes.  Vertical duct and pipe shafts, waste neutralization, tempered water system, new passenger elevators, loading dock, freight elevators, and a new entrance canopy were added.  R E Dinneen designed a speculative lab on the top floor, animal care facility, and several tenant areas within the building.

The project received LEED Gold Certification.

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