150 Second Street

Cambridge, MA

Bounded by Second, Charles, and Bent Streets in East Cambridge, 150 Second Street is a new three-story laboratory research building totaling 108,000 sf. 

The project is designed as an ensemble of three linked buildings, each with its own distinct expression in keeping with the scale and heterogeneous character of the surrounding neighborhood.

The three 'buildings' have their own individual palette of cladding and fenestration, employing metal, glass and wood cladding. All building materials, from the roof to the cementitious fiber panels to the interior finishes of the public areas have been chosen with sustainability in mind. The building will contain large windows designed to wash natural daylight throughout an open floor plan design, which reduces the need for artificial lighting systems.

The project's key features include: a 39% water use reduction; a rain garden to capture and treat site rainwater; a water reuse system that captures rainwater and condensate and reuses for flushing, resulting in a 85% reduction in water use for sewage conveyance; and a 30% reduction in energy cost savings.

Sustainability was a central principle to Skanska USA Commercial, Inc. TGE helped guide this process by conducting an integrative charrette early in SD and consulting throughout the project.  

As far as we are aware, 150 Second Street is the: 
- First commercial lab project certified Platinum under LEED® v2009 in New England
- First Platinum project of any kind under LEED® BD+C: Core and Shell v2009 in New England
- 8th Platinum LEED® BD+C: Core and Shell v2009 in the US 

LEED® BD+C: Core and Shell, v2009 Platinum certified