The Connell and O’Reilly Families Cell Manipulation Core Facility at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Mass.

Size: 30,000 sf

Project team: Skanska (construction)

Description: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s crucial Cell Manipulation Core Facility was renovated and relocated from its original location to a larger space on the Institute's campus, within the prestigious Longwood Medical area.

The new 30,000 sf, cGMP-validated facility expanded the facility’s workspace areas and development capabilities, providing numerous state-of-the-art cleanroom labs and flexible space to support Dana-Farber’s renowned Cell Therapy Program, which develops new cell-based treatments for cancer patients and supports clinical research studies that evaluate the safety and efficacy of those treatments.

Additional state-of-the-art infrastructural upgrade include new air-handling and exhaust equipment and a bulk LN2 system to support cryogenic freezers, as well as a RO/DI water filtration system for the entire building. The renovation and relocation was completed without disrupting the hospital’s operations, using cutting-edge laser scanning technology that enabled the team to take billions of micro-measurements to streamline the construction process. The laser scanning process is 50 percent faster than traditional surveying methods, as well as less prone to human error, leading to time and cost savings while improving the quality of the delivered site.

Completion date: May 7, 2018

Contact: Skanska USA Boston office, 617-574-1400