Breakthrough Properties, a real estate development company, has unveiled plans for the construction of the Vitrum building. This is a 132,588-square-foot research and development laboratory building. The 1.8-acre site is situated inside Cambridge’s St John’s Innovation Park.
The five-story structure was created by Breakthrough and an architectural firm Henning Larsen. It encourages adaptability and flexibility for numerous scientific works. Furthermore, the building’s design will incorporate St. John’s Innovation Park’s natural green spaces into the foyer and entry plaza in an effort to support biodiversity and the environment.
A co-working space, event space, and coffee shops are available at Vitrum. The building’s electric heating and cooling systems enable it to run without the use of fossil fuels. More than 102 parking spaces, on-site electric car charging stations, and bike parking spaces will also be available.
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Vitrum building project to seek BREEAM Excellent certification
The plans put forth by Vitrum are an example of Breakthrough’s efforts to increase energy efficiency, lower carbon emissions, and provide healthy workspaces.Each of the company’s European projects will seek BREEAM Excellent certification.
In addition to earning WELL Platinum, WiredScore, and ActiveScore accreditations, this project aims to be net-zero in both construction and operation.”Vitrum by Breakthrough will further enhance the vitality of the local Cambridge market by offering a cutting-edge and collaborative scientific environment for companies to advance life-changing research,” said Daniel D’Orazi, chief investment officer of Breakthrough Properties.
The Vitrum building project will be attractive to R&D businesses from a variety of industries. It seeks to establish a presence in the North Cambridge cluster, where there is a dearth of purpose-built Class A lab space. The project’s expected completion date is 2026, with construction set to begin the following year.