Groundbreaking project designed for cutting-edge pedagogy and research is a highly sustainable building reflecting the future of science
BOSTON AND NEW YORK — The award-winning global engineering and consulting practice Buro Happold has announced its completed work for Harvard University’s new Science and Engineering Complex, designed by architecture firm Behnisch Architekten. Buro Happold provided services including structural engineering, building
The Science and Engineering Complex houses a major portion of the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), offering multitude of lab and core science facilities for research that will benefit society in numerous ways, strengthening Harvard’s and Greater Boston’s place as the global epicenter for the life sciences and a major center of excellence in engineering and technology.
“This innovative and architecturally significant new complex has been constructed on top of existing foundations and basement spaces created for a different project, offering a chance to reduce embodied carbon while addressing a unique set of complexities for the design team in delivering a modern, vibrant space fitting both the client’s and architect’s aspirations,” says Craig Schwitter, P.E., Senior Partner and chair of the global board for Buro Happold.
Buro Happold’s team carried out extensive analyses to assess how best to incorporate the new building over the existing substructure, seeking an efficient, elegant solution that maximizes the reuse and strength of the existing construction. The resulting design’s soaring, sunlight-dappled atrium links the new and existing buildings. The upper levels, linked by cantilevering walkways, bridges and interconnecting staircases, contribute to a sense of openness between labs, collaboration zones and learning spaces. “The structural design incorporates a high degree of flexibility and adaptability that Behnisch Architekten and Harvard University required to future-proof the spaces and allow for changes needed by the university for its dynamic, innovative programs,” says Buro Happold’s Curtis.