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Harvard University Science and Engineering Complex


Boston, MA, USA

Principal Use


Design Architect

Behnisch Architekten

Anything about the engineers? Facade consultants?

Climate Engineering: Transsolar Inc; Lighting Design: Bartenbach GmbH, Lam Partners Inc; Facade Contractor: Josef Gartner GmbH, Permasteelisa North America Corp.

Gross Floor Area

50,538 m2 Units SI IP

544,000 ft2

Reason(s) for inclusion

Building Name

Harvard Science and Engineering Complex


Science and Engineering Complex, 150 Western Ave, Boston, MA 02134

Description / Additional Information

Describe the key innovation and technology aspects of the project

Project Narrative

The Harvard University Science and Engineering Complex (SEC) features an energy-efficient and aesthetically pleasing facade with four main types. Notably, it includes the world's first hydroformed stainless-steel screen on the lab section, designed to reduce solar heat in summer and allow sunlight in winter, thus cutting heating and cooling needs. The building also has energy-saving HVAC, lighting systems, and vegetated roof terraces. It is LEED Platinum certified.

General Information

Year completed (or major renovation)


Climate Zone


Building Certifications (check all that apply)

  • LEED

External Links

Link(s) for more information

Other Design Features

Energy Performance

Construction Type

Construction Type

  • Frame Facade Construction
  • Modular Facade

Prevalent Glazing Type

  • triple glazing

Main Cladding Material

  • Steel

Typical U-value Glazed Facade Elements

1 W/(m2⋅K)

0 Btu/(h·ft2⋅F)

Typical G-value Glazed Facade Elements


Skin Type

Skin Type

  • Another skin

Solar Shading

Solar Shading Strategy

  • Static Exterior Shading
  • Unitized Aluminum Curtain Wall; Light Shelf


Is there natural ventilation through the facade?


Type of Ventilation Strategy

  • Single-sided


Is daylight simulation part of the design process?



Embodied Carbon

Energy Generation


Description / Additional Information