Reimagined historic laboratory earns top award

Sept. 25, 2023
Demerec Laboratory Restoration receives plaudits from Authority on Preserving Modern Architecture.

Centerbrook Architects and Planners announced that its restoration of the Demerec Laboratory at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Long Island received a Modernism in America Award from Docomomo US.

The cast-in-place concrete building was originally completed in 1953 by prominent mid-century architects Anderson and Beckwith. Centerbrook restored and extended its character-defining elements, many of which were obscured by past modifications. State-of-the-art laboratory building systems were designed and installed to fit in the strict confines of the eleven feet floor-to-floor structure to support molecular biology and chemistry research.

Centerbrook’s project was one of seven recognized in the Award of Excellence category. Now in its tenth year, the Modernism in America Awards showcase projects that represent the best of modern preservation, documentation, and advocacy. Founded in 1995, Docomomo US is dedicated to the preservation of buildings, sites, and neighborhoods of the Modern movement.

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