Massachusetts Institute of Technology had several goals they wanted to accomplish when constructing the new David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research: expansion to accommodate current research needs with the capacity and flexibility to accommodate change; promotion of interaction and to serve the larger MIT research community; support for the Institute’s interaction with the growing life sciences community including the Whitehead Institute and Broad Institute; reinforcement of the public edge and pedestrian circulation along Main Street and to the Stata Center; reinforcement of the potential courtyard shared with biology, chemical engineering, 16/56, and the Stata Center; and definition of the new campus entry from Kendall Square into the MIT complex.
After careful consideration, Architect Ellenzweig designed a program that included research and core laboratories for the Center for Cancer Research as well as lab support, vivarium, conference facilities, meeting spaces, cafeteria, offices and administrative functions.
American Contractors Corp. was selected as the subcontractor to install the acoustical ceilings.
The Koch Institute, which was completed in 2010, is a seven-story, 365,000-square-foot building that functions as the center of cancer research at MIT. The building houses nearly 600 researchers and 25 faculty labs. Scientists and engineers are able to work side-by-side in the building, fostering collaborations between disciplines such as biology, chemical engineering, computer science and materials science. The Koch Institute achieved L.E.E.D. Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2011.