Life Science

Brennan Consulting Adds to Life Science Portfolio

Kempner Institute, Harvard University / Rendering courtesy of Behnisch Architekten

Burlington, MA – Brennan Consulting, Inc. announced three new additions to its life science portfolio. The WBE consulting firm is providing state-of-the-art technology in preconstruction and construction survey services such as layout for piles, foundation, anchor bolts, steel framing and curtainwalls, as well as certified as-builts in medtech, pharma and the new fusion energy sector.  A portfolio spotlight:

290 Binney Street, Cambridge

290 Binney Street / Rendering courtesy of Pickard Chilton

Opening in 2026, 290 Binney Street will be one of the newest life science products to come online in Kendall Square where tech, R&D, MIT and Mass General are underway on new builds and repurposing dated structures.  Designed as a 566,000sf, 18-story R&D building, with parking for 1,580 in the 8-story underground garage for both 290 and 250 Binney, the 290 tower is part of the MXD Substation Development Plan. Demo of the existing 6-story Blue Garage began in February, finished in April, and slurry wall construction is underway. Delivery of the building is expected mid-2026 and on-site amenities include bike valet, long-term storage and an improved pedestrian experience with connections to Binney, Broadway and Galileo Galilei Way.  AstraZeneca pre-leased 100% of the property for its R&D Facility for 15 years.

Commonwealth Fusion Systems, Devens

To bring clean fusion energy technology to the globe, Commonwealth Fusion Systems teamed with MIT on a 47-acre energy campus in Devens.  The development includes five total buildings, two for Commonwealth Fusion; a 2-story, 160,000sf manufacturing facility and corporate headquarters, and the SPARC facility which houses a compact tokamak fusion device and production capability. The SPARC also contains all operational, monitoring and maintenance capabilities for the device.  Full completion is anticipated for 2025. Brennan performed additional high precision layout and as-builts for concrete and anchor bolts for the tokamak as part of its state-of-the-art construction services.

Kempner Institute, Harvard University, Allston

The Kempner Institute for the Study of Natural and Artificial Intelligence for Harvard University just opened in Allston. On the sixth floor of Harvard’s Science and Engineering Complex (SEC), Kempner recently welcomed its first group of graduate students to a brand-new academic machine learning cluster, one of the largest in the world.  SEC is a 500,000sf, six floor research and development facility including labs, research, maker and gathering spaces indoor and out. Kempner’s programming includes 30,000sf of cross disciplinary think spaces for researchers on-site, additional programming throughout Harvard’s campus and lofty goals including curing all disease by the end of this century. Both LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge Petal Certified, SEC is one of the most energy efficient and sustainable laboratories in the world. Nearby is Harvard’s Enterprise Research Campus which just broke ground, the Harvard Business School, Harvard DEF and the Mass Pike.

Project Bruins, Bedford

Project Bruins / Rendering courtesy of DiMella Shaffer

Sarepta Therapeutics, headquartered in Cambridge, entered into a 15-year lease agreement for the renovated 3-story, 288,000sf, Bedford Labs research, development and manufacturing facility. Project Bruins is on a 52-acre campus, with amenities such as a fitness center, cafeteria, and outdoor courtyards and is situated in the growing Bedford cluster in proximity to 128. The consolidation of existing lab and office space will support Phase I and II clinical manufacturing in gene therapy and centralize operations for Sarepta.

Life science projects underway at Brennan also include 2 Harbor Street, Boston; UMass Science Building, Amherst; Westford Antennae at the Haystack Observatory, Westford; Mass General Hospital, Cambridge Street, Boston; and Analog Devices, Chelmsford.

Sources: CBRE, Cambridge Redevelopment Authority, JLL, Colliers, Turner Construction,, The Crimson and MassBIO