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The Davis Companies Completes Cambridge Research Facility

Published 7/2/2024
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The Davis Companies and Invesco Real Estate completed construction in June of 2024 on a 215,000-sf research facility in Cambridge. Designed by Jacobs, 101 Smith Place is the third structure in a new life sciences cluster called The Quad and offers 161,616 rsf of Class A lab and office space. Features include:

  • Floor-to-floor heights of up to 18 feet. 
  • Column bay spacing of 21 feet on center, with 53 feet of open bay between exterior and building core.
  • Live floor load capacity of 100 PSF.
  • Robust HVAC infrastructure providing .75 CFM per sf for lab and 0.25 CFM per sf for office.
  • Electrical capacity of 15 watts per sf for lab and 9 watts per sf for office. 
  • A sophisticated plumbing system with centralized pH neutralization and an integrated tepid water loop.

The amenity-rich development incorporates a fitness center with showers and locker rooms, indoor bike storage, a restaurant, and one level of underground parking. Tenants benefit from dedicated space in the mechanical penthouse, which houses a central chiller, a hot water plant, air handling units, and lab exhaust systems. 

Erland Construction delivered the lab-ready project as a core and shell building to allow for tenant customizations, with CBRE acting as leasing agent for 101 Smith Place. LEED Gold sustainable design certification will be sought for the resilient facility, which was elevated three feet above grade to mitigate flood risk. 

Organization Project Role
The Davis Companies
Invesco Real Estate
Erland Construction
General Contractor