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Richard Mandelkorn Photography

  The Broad Institute

The Broad Institute, Research Fit-Out
Cambridge, MA


Since its inception in 2004, the Broad Institute has quickly risen to become a world leader in genomics research. Due to their incredible growth, the Broad Institute needed to physically expand in order to accommodate research initiatives. The Broad Institute turned to Walsh Brothers to build-out a cutting-edge laboratory and research space in Cambridge.

Despite a 6-week delay in the delivery of design documents and the expansion of square footage, Walsh Brothers was able to fast track the construction without extending the completion date or increasing the budget. Walsh Brothers did this through intensive preconstruction analysis, orchestrating early buys on all of the trades, and by working one-on-one with the designer and owner to identity each and every budget control opportunity. Due to the intensity of MEP systems within the research space the use of 3D modeling, robotics, and a Design Assist approach enabled the project to be expedited. By bringing the MEP subcontractors on board while the design was still in process Walsh Brothers was able to develop a 3D model of the complex MEP systems and present it to the Owner. Additionally, Walsh Brothers worked with Broad and utilized a mechanical a robot to pinpoint the location of each MEP hangar and installation point based on the collaborative model developed by the project team.

One of the greatest challenges the project presented was the accelerated schedule. Typically, a project of this nature requires at least nine months to accommodate the lead time necessary for state-of-the art equipment and complex HVAC connections. However, Walsh Brothers was able to work collaboratively and proactively with Broad to facilitate early buy-outs, lay out a detailed delivery schedule, and plan all logistics to ensure the project could be completed in a five month period. Walsh Brothers delivered the project three weeks ahead of the original schedule and returned over $2 million in value engineering savings to the owner by suggesting and implementing comparable but more economical finishes and MEP system material.


"I just wanted to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to Walsh Brothers for their exemplary performance on our $18 million lab fit out at 301 Binney Street. Your firm's ability to retain Class A subcontractors, who employ top-of-the-line craftsmanship-true artisans, has resulted in a level of quality that is not commonplace. This was your personal promise at the selection interviews, and I am so delighted we made the right choice in retaining your firm for CM."
David Earlandson
Director of Facilities Planning and Operations
Broad Institute
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