Baltimore, Maryland, United States
The best-kept secret in Cambridge
The John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center was founded in 1970 to advance transportation innovation for the public good, and its new building in Cambridge, Massachusetts, furthers this critical mission. As the original facility grew outdated, the General Services Administration (GSA) entered an unprecedented land agreement with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Investment Management Company, which developed the building on four acres in exchange for the remaining ten acres of campus land.
For decades, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Volpe Center had been colloquially known as the “best-kept secret in Cambridge,” a gated setting where cutting-edge research took place. For the new 410,000-square-foot building, SOM empowered the center to reveal itself, and its work, to the streetscape for the first time.