Harvard University Pagliuca Life Lab, Alston, MA


The Harvard University Pagliuca Life Lab, designed by Shepley Bulfinch, is a state-of-the-art facility offering students, faculty and alumni the vital resources needed for life science-related ventures.

The upper-level wet lab areas have 30 lab benches, tissue culture rooms, freezer, fume hoods and cold room. Below, the beautifully appointed space is a flexible open concept, designed to nurture teamwork, including write-up lab areas, lounge spaces, meeting rooms, a walk-through kitchen and even a 21st-century version of a “phone booth” for quiet conversations.

The extensive use of glazed partition walls on both floors, with the large ornamental staircase space and two-story mural further fosters team connectivity both physically and visually.


Construction Partner:

Shepley Bulfinch, Triumph Modular

Building Size:

15,000 sq. ft.

Project Timeline:

30 weeks


Modular Building Institute, Awards of Distinction: Best of Show, Permanent Modular
First Place, Permanent Modular – Education

Flexible open concept space with slatted wood wall and ceiling and students working around tables
Students working in the wet lab
Stairwell with lab in background

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