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Press releases / 10.19.11

Broad Institute celebrates groundbreaking of new Kendall Square building

October 19th, 2011

The Broad Institute today marks the groundbreaking of its newest research facility at 75 Ames Street in Kendall Square, which will enable the organization to continue and enhance its collaborative work by providing a contiguous space for researchers to come together to tackle the most critical challenges in biomedicine.

The Broad’s research operations are currently housed in multiple locations throughout the Kendall Square area, including its main building at 7 Cambridge Center as well as leased spaces at three nearby locations. The new 75 Ames Street building will extend the institute’s campus by adjoining the current 7 Cambridge Center site. Such continuity between buildings will help maintain key scientific adjacencies and, importantly, establish new ones — connections that are the lifeblood of the institute’s collaborative, team-driven research.

“Our new 75 Ames building is a remarkable milestone in the Broad’s history,” said Broad Institute Director Eric Lander. “It provides a permanent space for teams to assemble and work together on important problems. That kind of flexibility is essential to our continued success.”

The construction of the Broad’s new 75 Ames Street building officially begins in January 2012 and is expected to be complete by early 2014. The building, designed by Elkus Manfredi architects, will encompass roughly 250,000 square feet, including 12 floors of research and office space, six of which will be connected to floors in the existing 7 Cambridge Center building.

Roughly 5,000 tons of steel will be used to support the new structure, which will include approximately 80,000 square feet of exterior glass. When complete, the Broad’s expanded research campus will span some 480,000 square feet.

“Edye and I are continually blown away by the energy and discoveries that come from the hundreds of dedicated, innovative researchers in this extraordinary organization,” said Eli Broad, founder of The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. “The new building is yet another symbol of the Broad's extraordinary success, and it represents the future potential for this work, which promises to revolutionize medicine.”

The Broad’s new building adds to the bustling landscape of the local biomedical research community in Kendall Square, Cambridge and greater Boston, which includes world-renowned universities, teaching hospitals and pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

“We are thrilled to be a part of the most dynamic and vibrant biomedical research community in the world,” said Lander. “There is simply no other place where the Broad Institute could flourish like it has here in Kendall Square.”

About the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard was founded in 2003 to empower this generation of creative scientists to transform medicine with new genome-based knowledge. The Broad Institute seeks to describe all the molecular components of life and their connections; discover the molecular basis of major human diseases; develop effective new approaches to diagnostics and therapeutics; and disseminate discoveries, tools, methods and data openly to the entire scientific community.

Founded by MIT, Harvard and its affiliated hospitals, and the visionary Los Angeles philanthropists Eli and Edythe L. Broad, the Broad Institute includes faculty, professional staff and students from throughout the MIT and Harvard biomedical research communities and beyond, with collaborations spanning over a hundred private and public institutions in more than 40 countries worldwide. For further information about the Broad Institute, go to