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Lab of the Future Meetup

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

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On Wednesday, November 2nd, Shepley Bulfinch was proud to host the Boston-area “Lab of the Future” Meetup group’s first official meetup at our office. With Lab Design as the theme for the first meetup, organizers Lindsey Christensen and Robin Shin arranged for the discussion to revolve around laboratory design happening in our own backyards at Harvard and MIT. After mingling over pizza and drinks (courtesy of the event’s co-sponsor TetraScience), attendees took their seats for the two-part presentation.

The Harvard piece focused on the new Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab, which was designed by Shepley Bulfinch and opened November 3rd on Harvard’s Allston campus. In our presentation, Luke Voiland and I gave an overview of the project, including its role in helping seed the growth and development of Allston’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. In the second part of the presentation, Dennis Grimard, Ph.D, Associate Director of Operations at MIT.nano, presented an overview of the new MIT.nano (Building 12) project, which will combine nanotechnology, materials, and engineering systems research with advanced fabrication tools and materials processing capabilities. The event concluded with a Virtual Reality (VR) demonstration of the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab that featured an Oculus Rift headset and a virtual model from Shepley Bulfinch, which was used during the design process so that individuals at Harvard could experience the space prior to the completion of construction.

With so many of our past and current projects featuring innovative laboratory spaces, Shepley Bulfinch was thrilled to host an event focused on the future of lab design. In the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Boston and Cambridge, the ability to bring people together to share knowledge and ideas is invaluable. Luke and I enjoyed sharing the Harvard Life Lab story with the group, and the firm looks forward to future opportunities to support entrepreneurship and innovation in our community.

About Lab of the Future: The Boston-area Lab of the Future Meetup was founded in August 2016 and currently has 200 members. Per their website, the group’s goal is “to bring together people who are interested in, and excited by, innovative processes, technologies, equipment, and strategies for laboratory-based scientific research.” Interested in joining? All are welcome!

Nat Finley has been at Shepley Bulfinch since 2012 and has over 20 years of experience in the architecture industry. He served as Project Manager / Project Architect on the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab project.

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