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Extension, Violette Research Building, SMTI / University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA, 2007


Extension, Violette Research Building / VRAD

Architect: ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge, MA; 

MEP/fire protection engineering: SEi Cos., Boston, MA Civil engineering: Judith Nitsch Engineering Inc., Boston, MA 

Structural engineering: LeMessurier Consultants, Cambridge, MA

Geotechnical engineering: Haley & Aldrich, Boston, MA Landscape architecture: Geller DeVellis Inc., Boston, MA Cost Estimating: Daedalus Projects, Boston, MA 

Code consultant: Harold Cutler, PE, Sudbury, MA

General contractor: Suffolk Construction, Boston, MA 

Ground broken 2006

Budget: $14 million. 

Size: 22,000 sq. ft.


Description: The two-story Research Building was designed within the context of Paul Rudolph’s original campus buildings. The new building has been sited to better define a previously open space that serves as the campus arboretum. The first floor will house flexible, modular labs to accommodate chemistry, biology, psychology, engineering, and a small vivarium. The second floor will house BSL-2 and BSL-3 laboratory facilities. This project is intended to expand the university’s research capabilities and will support the work of Bal Ram Singh, who is conducting research on botulinum.