Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.

Biogen Headquarters at 225 Binney Street

Project at a Glance

Cambridge, MA


SGA (Core/Shell) and NELSON (Tenant Interiors)

Project Type

New Construction

Project Overview

  • Creating fabrication models for all the major trades including M/E/P/FP systems, curtain wall and façade systems and structural steel; co-location for design-assist subcontractors and a full, on-site BIM team
  • Fully collaborative spaces utilizing raised flooring and demountable glass partitions for flexibility and an interactive lobby featuring corporate history and innovations exhibits
  • Adaptive re-use of two historic buildings for state-of-the-art training, conference and community laboratory space, which were integrated with the new glass and terra cotta façade

Biogen, returning to Cambridge after relocating to the suburbs, was in need of a new headquarters in Kendall Square. 225 Binney Street, the first of five buildings planned for the Alexandria Center, is located in the heart of Cambridge’s world-renowned scientific research, academic and technology center.

During all phases of the project, Consigli assisted with effective project planning through the collaborative process of co-location and continuously provided effective feedback, team support and solutions when needed to help ensure that the project was built on time and on budget. Consigli proved its ability to handle a difficult and complex project in a communicable and rational manner.

Al Spagnolo, AIA

Founding Partner, Spagnolo Gisness & Associates, Inc.

Developed to house Biogen’s general and administrative functions, the building includes flexible and innovative spaces to encourage collaboration. Other amenities include a conference center, 6,300 sq. ft. cafeteria and community laboratory. The 305,000 sq. ft. office building also has 105,000 sq. ft. of below-grade parking. The modern architecture of the six-story building, featuring a glass and terra-cotta façade, has incorporated two existing historic buildings.

The building’s co-located and integrated design, engineering and subconsultant teams perform work through design-assist and utilized BIM extensively. Project achieved LEED Gold certification.