Gloucester Biotechnology Academy
Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute

LOCATION
Gloucester, MA / United States

COMPLETED
2016

TOTAL SQUARE FOOTAGE
3,000 GSF

PROGRAM COMPONENTS
Marine science

This modest 3,000 SF renovation aims to have a big community impact. The GMGI is home to research focused on fisheries and marine science to foster the local economy. The teaching component, the Gloucester Biotechnology Academy, is an opportunity for the student population of Cape Ann to learn about marine science and ultimately infuse the local economy with a trained biotech workforce. All this aims to establish Gloucester as a worldwide scientific hub. The Biotech Academy will serve recent Cape Ann high school graduates interested in pursuing a promising technical vocation and prepare them for professional, entry-level lab technician jobs in the biotechnology industry. An unassuming space in a Gloucester office park will house an exciting state-of-the-art laboratory learning environment. The design of the research lab has a notable element of public engagement which is represented in the gallery-like corridor that bisects the program. The space slips between large teaching spaces and smaller, more intensive lab support rooms. Glass walls at each end of the gallery provides transparency into the large teaching spaces reinforcing the researchers’ connection between open lab and lab support while inviting visitors to observe the research as it is being conducted.

Photography (c) Keitaro Yoshioka

KEY TEAM MEMBERS
George E. Marsh, Jr., FAIA
Principal-in-Charge