Life Science

MPA and Bowdoin Complete New Boston Analytical Lab in N.H.

Boston Analytical Lab in Salem, N.H. / Gregg Shupe Photography

Salem, NH – Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA) announced the completion of a new 30,000sf laboratory and office facility for Boston Analytical, the life sciences division of Alpha Analytical.

Located in Salem, the new and expanded space houses high-tech chemistry and microbiology laboratories equipped with the most sophisticated and up-to-date analytical testing equipment.

Built by Bowdoin Construction, interior features include new lab casework, fume hoods, epoxy floors, and a new energy-efficient HVAC system with a high-efficiency boiler plant.

Boston Analytical Lab kitchen/dining area / Gregg Shupe Photography

MPA coordinated closely with contractors to provide appropriate space for the specialized mechanical and support systems required to maintain the strict airborne particulate and cleanliness standards.

Those systems include high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA), wastewater treatment, and reverse osmosis and deionization (RO/DI) systems. Most of the newly outfitted space is production space for testing, including 20,000sf of chemistry, stability, and microbial labs and 2,000sf of ISO 8 to ISO 5 clean rooms.

This expanded space with cutting-edge equipment has increased lab capacity by 55% and stability storage by 130%, with eight new chambers including a large capacity walk-in chamber. Additional space in the facility supports office and administrative functions, including reception, open and closed offices and conference rooms, and a kitchen/dining area.


Adherence to the design/build schedule was key: Boston Analytical had to carefully move on a phased basis, concluding work in the existing space and then moving to the new space after it was validated and certified for production.

Seeking to consolidate and expand its operations, Boston Analytical engaged MPA to program and design the spaces in its new facility.