Science and Engineering Complex (SEC)

Project Overview

The Science and Engineering Complex, scheduled to open on Tufts University’s Medford/Somerville campus in 2017, will be an integrated teaching and research center featuring state-of-the-art laboratories for undergraduate and graduate students.

The new building will foster emerging interdisciplinary research in biology, chemical biology, civil engineering, biomechanical engineering and the environment.  To encourage collaboration among researchers in these and other disciplines, the Science and Engineering Complex will be strategically located between Bromfield-Pearson, Anderson and Robinson halls at the intersection of College Avenue and Dearborn Road.

The new 79,000-square-foot building, together with the existing 96,000 square feet in Anderson and Robinson halls, will create a 175,000-square-foot complex of high-end science and engineering facilities central to the university’s science and math departments as well as the headquarters for the School of Engineering’s departments of Mechanical Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering.

The building is being designed by Payette Architects Inc. and built by Turner Construction Co. Leggat McCall Properties is providing owner project management services to Tufts.

Model for Sustainability

The Science and Engineering Complex will be one of the most energy-efficient buildings of its kind in the United States.  The facility will be a model for sustainability standards for mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.  The goal is to have the complex achieve LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Key Components

The new building will feature:

  • 38 wet lab research modules, including bench space, research support space, space for writing up results and reports, and offices based on a 4 research staff per module.
  • 6 computational lab modules.
  • Facilities to support research with specialized shared equipment.
  • 4 multidisciplinary teaching labs for undergraduate students taking introductory and advanced courses.
  • Café, social and conference spaces.

The project will also include improvements to Anderson and Robinson Halls, such as:

  • Renovated lobbies and corridors.
  • Work to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act and Massachusetts accessibility guidelines.
  • Upgrades of sprinkler systems.
  • Installation of mechanical and electrical service connections to support future major renovations of Anderson and Robinson halls.

The proposed Phase 1 build-out includes all teaching labs and social space, plus 17 of the 38 wet lab modules, the six (6) computational modules and a portion of the core facilities, preserving maximum flexibility to meet future university needs as they emerge.

Project Planning

Since November 2013, the design process has involved:

  • A series of workshops with faculty on such issues as teaching labs, research themes and core facilities.
  • Monthly meetings with the Project Sponsor Group, which includes the deans of the School of Arts and Sciences and School of Engineering, the Executive Vice President and the Vice Provost for Research.