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Wise Construction Completes an Innovation Lab for Boston University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering

Boston University’s Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department’s mission is to create and impart knowledge for improving society, human health, and health care.  As one of the largest programs of its kind in the United States, BU’s BME Department is ranked second in research expenditures among the top 10 BME programs. When it came time to expand a portion of the department, while continuing their research, BU knew Wise Construction would be the best contractor for the job. Existing office and lab spaces were converted into a cell culture lab, lab prep space, wet lab and dry lab.

Located along a heavily trafficked hallway that interconnects multiple buildings on campus, the BME department used this as a chance to showcase their work. The design incorporated floor to ceiling glass panels that provide an inside look for passing students, faculty and visitors. Finishes included new lab casework, flooring, custom whiteboards and specialty lighting.

Additional upgrades were made to the buildings electrical system and all new fire protection was installed. Wise also installed a new acid waste system that supports this lab as well as all of the labs located in the building. Leveraging relationships with key vendors and early procurement were vital in managing long lead items, allowing Wise to deliver this project to Boston University on time and on budget.  

The project team included:
General Contractor: Wise Construction
Architect/ Engineer: EYP
Lab Casework: Laboratory Furniture Installation
Furniture: Creative Office Pavilion
Electrical Contractor: Systems Electric
Plumbing Contractor: Boston Air Corp.
Fire Protection: Eagle Sprinkler Fire Protection, Inc.
HVAC Contractor: Medford Wellington Service