Rajen Kilachand Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering

"Visionary" is in this lab's DNA

The Rajen Kilachand Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering is named in honor of Rajen Kilachand (Questrom'74, Hon.'14), a visionary Boston University alumnus and trustee.

Energy Efficiency

  • The center is designed to be 29% more energy efficient than existing code standards.
  • Energy intensive spaces like labs are separated from lower intensity supporting spaces to help minimize energy needs
  • The building is solar-ready, to fit nine photovoltaic arrays

Climate Change Preparedness

  • The building was designed without a basement, anticipating the increasing impact of storm surge. Mechanical and electrical systems normally located in a basement have been placed above grade at levels 2 and 3, above the flood level expected in Boston at the end of the century.

Water Efficiency

  • Low-flow faucets and toilets help save 317,880 gallons of water per year beyond what is required by the building code.
  • A 5,000 gallon rainwater cistern collects the rainwater from the roof and uses it for the irrigation of the trees along Commonwealth Avenue.


610 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA

LEED Rating: Gold

Total Building Area: 170,000 gsf

Architect: Payette

LEED Consultant: Soden Sustainability Consulting

MEP Engineer: ARUP

Structural Engineer: Weidlinger Associates, Inc.

Landscape Architect: Copley Wolff Design Group

Geotechnical Engineer: Haley & Aldrich

General Contractor: Turner Construction Company

Kilachand Center for Life Sciences & Engineering Storyboard

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