The Green Building Certificate Institute (GBCI) just announced that Genzyme’s 270,000sf Global Operations Center has earned LEED-CI Gold certification, making it the only distribution center in New England to receive a LEED Gold rating. Lighting and HVAC design strategies, the use of locally-sourced materials, a high rate of construction waste recycling, and a selection of [...]
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Our newest Life Sciences team member is an experienced scientific researcher who is applying her degree in Biomedical Engineering along with her first-hand knowledge of engineering, biology, and clinical laboratories to our scientific programming and planning team. Jane joins forces with Jeannie Pierce Thacker, M.Arch, our in-house biologist and Associate, to provide in-depth insight into [...]
High-Profile Monthly recently asked Signer Harris Architects to draw on our experience working in the Life Science Industry to write an article explaining the drivers of laboratory design. The article, “Collaboration in the R&D Workplace”, focuses on the physical impact that collaborative business models have had on research environments based on our experience delivering spaces [...]
We recently conducted a Building Performance Review of St. Ann’s to determine how the facility’s design shapes learning. In order to obtain quantifiable results, we enlisted the expertise of researcher / analyst Erin Carlon to create and conduct a survey that would yield data about the building’s impact on the school. In general, the Building [...]
In recent years, our local economy has seen a dramatic expansion of the biotech sector – in Cambridge’s “Biotech Corridor” in particular. This was the topic of a recent CoreNet New England Chapter Event, where Bill Harris moderated a panel discussion between three industry leaders from Genzyme, Novartis, and the Broad Institute, who shed light on the business drivers that have led to the expansion and how that growth has impacted space demands and real estate decisions.
The Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans is the centerpiece of the 8-acre 77-unit Musician’s Village, a project conceived in the wake of Hurricane Katrina by famed jazz musicians Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick, Jr., along with Jim Pate, the executive director of New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, and Ann Marie Wilkins, founder and CEO of Wilkins Management, to restore New Orleans’ musical heritage by welcoming displaced artists back to the Crescent City…
In these lean times, it is more important than ever to maximize design impact within limited budgets. This is especially true for institutional clients where the expectation of quality is always balanced with the appearance as well as the reality of expense. We have developed a thoughtful approach to achieve this goal which was recently featured as the cover story in College Planning & Management magazine.