What was the initial purpose of 930 Brittan Avenue?
What were the challenges and how were they solved?
Why is this new building significant?
The new laboratory, which opened in August 2020, is home to several companies—two of which are nonprofits— that are devoted to developing fast, accurate, and budget-friendly COVID-19 tests. In fact, one company was recently awarded a National Institutes of Health Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (NIH RADx) grant to continue their important work. Ultimately, MBC BioLabs successfully increased the number of SARS CoV-2 tests from approximately 0.5 million per day to over five million per day.
What are the highlights of the design for MBC BioLabs?
While labs have to be sterile, MBH and MBC wanted to challenge the traditional aesthetic of windowless, all-white research lab. Instead, the design team was inspired by MBC’s vibrant brand colors, and utilized the oranges, greens, and yellows in the materials, fixtures and environment graphics throughout to connect the laboratory spaces to the common areas. Large windows, where the original warehouse’s garage doors once were, illuminate the ground-floor laboratories and give those passing by and scientists visibility. Laboratories and common areas were designed to encourage spontaneous interactions or “casual collisions” and provide renters comfortable places to linger. A standout indoor/outdoor event space can be utilized for wellness activities or gatherings including those intended to connect researchers with capital, and has been a much-welcomed addition that occupants enjoy regularly.
As laboratories are energy-dense environments, MBC BioLabs, together with MBH Architects, worked hard to ensure all lab equipment appliances were Energy Star-rated. Additionally, 930 Brittan’s rooftop is equipped with solar panels to help with energy production. A Bloom Energy Box will eventually be installed once an additional MBC BioLabs building has been completed adjacent at 1030 Brittan to support the new lab campus from its own microgrid by converting fuel into electricity through an electrochemical process.
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