Demerec Laboratory at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory houses the Center for Therapeutics Research which advances research for the treatment of breast cancer, leukemia, autism, diabetes, and lung cancer. This $75 million, renovate-as-new project included renovations to existing interiors, rehabilitation of the brutalist concrete façade, and construction of a new, steel-framed addition.

  • Fiber-reinforced polymer was used to reinforce new elevator and MEP openings in existing, two-way reinforced concrete flat slab floor and roof structures.
  • The mechanical room placed underground, instead of on the roof, to better preserve the historic façade.
  • Originally constructed in 1952, the Lab has facilitated four scientists in completing their Nobel Prize work.

Architect: Centerbrook Architects & Planners
Construction: Fortunato & Sons, Inc.
Finished Photography: Centerbrook/Derek Hayn


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