"The largest neuroscience center in the world, this interdisciplinary research and teaching facility integrates three pioneering institutions devoted to uncovering the mysteries of the brain: The Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, and The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory.
A triumph of urban design and engineering, the complex sits on top of an active freight rail corridor and is built around a soaring five-story atrium. Classrooms, offices, conference rooms, wet and dry laboratories, imaging centers, libraries, tearooms, an auditorium, and a five-story atrium coexist with-- and contribute-- the life of the surrounding community.
In keeping with MIT's philosophy of sustainable building, architects and engineers have created a system that minimizes energy and water consumption and uses operational strategies that foster a healthy indoor environment. Designed to achieve a Silver LEED rating-a measure of environmental responsibility administered by the U.S. Green Building Council-the complex uses high-performance exterior materials and incorporates gray-water recycling for toilets, heat recovery on the exhaust air stream, and interior finishes that impose a minimal impact on indoor air quality."