By Ritchie Lafaille, Office Fellow
This new headquarters for administrative offices completes Novartis Institutes’ research campus located on the site of the historic NECCO building in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In contrast to the adjacent 19th century candy factory that has been converted to 21st century research laboratories, this new construction represents the vision, bold initiative, and openness of one of the world’s leading biopharmaceutical companies.
Elkus Manfredi Architects, a Chapter Sponsoring Partner, designed both the building and its interiors. As the portal for Novartis’ campus, this administrative building is an icon within the heart of Cambridge’s scientific community and provides identity for the multinational pharmaceutical company. The project, which is LEED-NC Gold rated, also fulfills important urban obligations by providing continuous retail at the street level and carefully framing visual access to the historic former power plant at the center of the interior courtyard. The program includes 65,000 square feet of open, flexible office space.
Sustainable design strategies include an underfloor air distribution system; advanced lighting controls; ample daylighting; recyclable and renewable materials and finishes; and a selection of lowemitting materials that meet or exceed VOC limits for adhesives, sealants, paints, composite wood panels, and carpet systems.
It's great to see our sponsoring partners taking the lead on creating more green buildings in Massachusetts! Congrats, Elkus Manfredi!