Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Harbor Campus Research + Administrative Facilities

South Boston, MA

Dana-Farber's Main Campus is embedded in the crowded Longwood Medical and Academic Area (LMA), with little room to expand. In order to increase clinical and research facilities in the LMA to meet growing program demand, DFCI relocated research, administrative and service functions that can function remotely. The latest off-site expansion MDS has created for DFCI is the new Harbor Campus, in leased space in a former Army warehouse complex on the South Boston Waterfront, overlooking Boston Harbor.

 Conference Room

Conference Room

 Exterior view of the former Army warehouse complex on the South Boston waterfront

Exterior view of the former Army warehouse complex on the South Boston waterfront

The new facility includes:

  • The Lurie Family Imaging Center, an animal research facility in which imaging is performed by specialist imaging scientists and technicians, rather than the investigators themselves. A remote location is feasible, and indeed preferable, to limit the number of visitors entering the barrier facility
  • A research lab developing and testing methods that can later be applied in main campus translational research labs
  • A Chemistry Core investigating promising therapeutic compounds that are not deemed commercially profitable by biotechnology companies
  • The Medical Records, coding, and transcription functions of the Health Information Systems department, linked electronically to the main campus clinical treatment departments
  • Materials Management receiving, storage and order-picking functions, with nightly just-in-time shuttles to the main campus. Relocation of bulk receiving and storage freed up valuable main campus space for clinical use, and reduced truck traffic in the congested Longwood Medical Area
  • Cryogenic Storage Core Facility including liquid nitrogen storage containers, -20 and -80 freezers
 Research Lab

Research Lab

 Team meeting area

Team meeting area

 Research Lab

Research Lab

 Research Lab

Research Lab

Photos by Krystal Layton

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