The Center for Life Sciences

The Center for Life Sciences (originally called the Blackfan Research Center) is a 575,000 sq. ft. building with office and laboratory space, as well as 750 underground parking spaces, in the Longwood Medical and Academic (LMA) area surrounded by Harvard Medical School, Merck’s new R&D facility, Children’s Hospital Research Center and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center East Campus. The $120 million project is the area’s first privately developed (by Lyme Properties), for-lease biomedical research center and is targeted for use by LMA area institutions

VDA provided full consulting services through construction administration for fourteen (14) elevators: four (4) geared elevators serve up to the 9th floor; four (4) gearless elevators serve the high rise floors to 18; there are three (3) geared elevators serving 7 stops in the parking garage, and there are three (3) 5,000 lb. capacity freight elevators which serve 22 stops at all floors in the building.

Project Info

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New Construction


Tsoi Kobus & Associates, Inc.



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Boston, MA

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$120 Million