The Athenaeum (215 First Street), Cambridge, Mass. (adaptive reuse).

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 6:43am

The Athenaeum

The Athenaeum (215 First Street), Cambridge, Mass. (adaptive reuse). Design: R.E. Dinneen. Photo © R.E. Dineen

The Athenaeum (215 First Street), Cambridge, Mass. (adaptive reuse).

Budget: $26.8 million.

Size: ~86,000 square feet.

Project team: Alexandra Real Estate Equities Inc., Cambridge, Mass. (owner/developer); R.E. Dinneen Architects & Planners Inc., 123 N. Washington St., Boston (architect, lab planner, interior designer); AHA Consulting Engineers Inc., Lexington, Mass. (MEP/FP engineer); McNamara/Salvia Inc., Boston (structural engineer); SEA Consultants Inc., Cambridge (civil engineer); Environ, Groton, Mass. (environmental consultant); Noise Control Engineering, Billerica, Mass. (acoustical/vibration/EMI consultant); R.W. Sullivan, Boston (code consultant); General Connectivity & Logic Corp., Bedford, Mass. (IT consultant); Environmental Health & Engineering Inc., Needham, Mass. (commissioning agent); The Richmond Group Inc., Hopkinton, Mass. (design/build contractor).

Completion date: 3Q2010.

Description: Adaptive reuse project transformed part of a 366,699 square foot book publishing facility—previously remodeled as high-tech office space—into shell space for a series of 4,000- to 6,000-square foot spec lab suites for start-up and early stage businesses. About 85,000 contiguous rentable square feet received infrastructure upgrades, and common facilities were provided (glasswash/autoclave, RODI water, lab air/vacuum, and a central acid waste neutralization system). Portions of a mezzanine level were removed to create two-story lab environments along the building perimeter. Special care was taken when making HVAC upgrades to preserve the integrity of the historic exterior.

Contact: Tom Andrews, Alexandria Real Estate Equities,


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