A view of the nearly complete SEC

The Science and Engineering Complex (SEC) is an integrated teaching and research center on the Medford/Somerville campus featuring state-of-the-art laboratories for undergraduate and graduate students.The project is currently in the commissioning phase and the SEC will be open for student use beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year.

Located between Anderson, Robinson, and Bromfield-Pearson Halls, the SEC project includes a 79,000ft2 laboratory addition connected via atriums to Anderson and Robinson (96,000ft2), as well as a full renovation of Robinson and upgrades to Anderson. Totaling 175,000ft2, the new complex is a dynamic center of collaborative research, featuring high-end facilities strategically surrounded by the university’s science, math, and engineering departments.

The SEC fosters interdisciplinary research within two broad research themes — environmental science and neuroscience. It houses research and equipment core facilities for use by the entire campus community, and multidisciplinary teaching labs. The new building features:

  • Three floors of wet lab space to accommodate up to 21 principal investigators (PIs) in phase one; wet lab space that is “shelled” for future fit out could accommodate up to an additional 17 PIs.
  • Four core facilities, two imaging suites, and a mass spectrometer suite; space that is “shelled” for future fit out could accommodate additional core facilities.
  • Two introductory and two advanced teaching labs serving students in Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Biological Engineering, and Chemistry
  • Seven new meeting rooms, in addition to two meeting rooms that will remain in Anderson.
  • Social spaces, including a café, an indoor atrium, an outdoor plaza, and “living rooms” in the center of each lab floor.

Robinson Hall is currently being renovated as part of the SEC project following the relocation of the Physics and Astronomy Department to the newly renovated Collaborative Learning and Innovation Complex (CLIC), located at 574 Boston Ave. Robinson will be the future home for part of the Biology Department, the Mechanical Engineering Department, and the Tufts Institute for Innovation.

Anderson Hall will continue to be home to Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and the headquarters for the School of Engineering.  Bromfield-Pearson Hall will continue to house the Math Department.

Additionally, the SEC is one of the most energy-efficient buildings of its kind in the United States.  The facility is a model for sustainable standards of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.  The goal is to have the complex achieve LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, and it is on track to meet Gold certification at minimum.

The building was designed by Payette Architects Inc. and built by Turner Construction Co. Leggat McCall Properties provided owner project management services to Tufts. Tufts engaged construction mitigation specialists to minimize negative impacts due to construction of this project.