Biogen Idec

A new expansion comes to light — igniting a visual experience for the world’s leader of
innovative drug therapies.

HLB Lighting Design collaborated with Nelson, Spagnolo Gisness & Associates, and Elkus Manfredi Architects on two new buildings for this cutting-edge, Fortune 500 biotechnology company. HLB provided comprehensive design services for the exterior and interior of both buildings, which include open and private offices, huddle rooms, conference rooms, board rooms, canteens, a cafe, servery, fitness center, training rooms and executive areas.

In addition to design work, HLB provided complete Revit services and controls design. The project was awarded LEED Silver certification and meets the aggressive Cambridge Stretch Code. The expansion of Biogen Idec’s Cambridge offices provided the company with almost 500,000 square feet of new office space. The lighting design follows suit in inspiring innovation while providing practical modular solutions for flexibility. Lighting is intertwined with branding elements throughout, prominently supporting dynamic lobby features and creating signature visual environments.

Project Highlights

• 26% below energy code
• Achieved maximum utility incentives
• LEED Silver Certified


• Nelson
• Spagnolo Gisness & Associates, Inc.
• Elkus Manfredi Architects


Project Background

495,600 square feet


Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)
• Edwin F. Guth Memorial Award for Interior Lighting
Cooper Lighting
• SOURCE Award of Honorable Mention

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