Alfred D. Hershey Building

The Alfred D. Hershey Building at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory was designed to strengthen the lab’s portfolio of technical courses, enabling it to maintain its lead in training biomedical researchers in cutting-edge technologies and methods. It also houses a new high technology laser laboratory and microscopy capabilities that serve the entire campus.


Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Location Cold Spring Harbor, NY
Size 17,455 Sq. Ft.
Program laboratories
Year Completed 2012
Photo Credit Jeff Goldberg/Esto
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Replacing the original 1979 Hershey Building, the new structure is designed in a modern interpretation of stick-style architecture. Its green-shingled exterior is set off by a yellow-paneled band above with wood eave-brackets, and chutney-colored window trim. The design distinguishes it from its two neighbors – Italianate and Victorian buildings – and with them Hershey forms a sociable courtyard.

At the dedication, the mayor of the Village of Laurel Hollow noted that Hershey was in keeping with the campus tradition of buildings that enhance the natural beauty of the local landscape. Centerbrook has developed master plans and designed and built a variety of building types for CSHL since 1973, among them research laboratories, a campus center, media/computer laboratories, dining facilities, offices, a day care center, numerous auditoriums, housing for visiting scientists, and classrooms.

Hershey enables CSHL to increase its course offerings by 25 percent, including several in computational approaches to biological questions. The laboratory’s Meetings & Courses Program annually attracts about 10,000 scientists from around the world to the 110-acre campus.

The building, which was made possible by a $15 million grant provided by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, houses a high-tech Flow Cytometry Laboratory, where cells are sorted by laser technologies, and a Microscopy Facility that provides an array of microscope imaging services such as fluorescence, super-resolution, and electron microscopy, as well as 3-D rendering and image analysis.