In December, the City of Boston issued a certificate of occupancy for the Weld Hill Research Building, the Arboretum’s recently completed 44,000-square-foot facility located adjacent to its historic landscape. Employees moving into the building in mid January included staff from the offices of the director, finance, human resources, and information technology. Arboretum scientists, previously stationed on campus at Harvard University, have transferred their offices and ongoing research programs to Weld Hill’s state-of-the-art laboratories and plant growth facilities.
The Weld Hill Research Building represents a reaffirmation of the Arboretum’s mission and an expansion of its capacity for botanical study. The building’s proximity to the Arboretum’s world-renowned plant collections will greatly enhance the use of these remarkable resources by Harvard researchers and visiting plant scientists alike. The new building includes twelve greenhouses, plant growth chambers, laboratories and study areas, offices, and meeting rooms. It has the capacity to house up to 48 researchers and assistants in addition to Arboretum administrative staff. Designed and constructed to be energy efficient and to minimize its impact on the environment, the building features many sustainable technologies including an underground, closed-loop, geothermal heat exchange system. The building is situated on the northwest quadrant of the Harvard-owned Weld Hill parcel, at 1300 Centre Street.
An open house event for members and the general public will be offered in the spring.