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The BUILD (BUILDING, INNOVATION, LEARNING, DESIGN) Space is a collaborative R&D workshop focused on the future of the building industry.


It accommodates a research residency program for industry innovators and startup companies, who have access to 60 pieces of equipment, including 3D printing, laser cutting, six industrial robots and 11 workshops for woodworking, metal fabrication, and more.

SGA consulted with Autodesk to understand its unique programming and equipment needs and supported them structurally with a clean open-design solution. The Autodesk BUILD Space, located on the first and second floors, includes Autodesk’s cutting-edge digital fabrication technologies.

The glass divisions promote collaboration through visibility. The main stairwell landing offers a bird’s eye view of the BUILD space, which allows visitors to safely see projects from a distance. Despite the transparency of the space, the glass is high-quality ensuring that mechanic noise does not bleed into the reconfigurable office space.

The BUILD Space is located in Boston’s Innovation and Design Building at 23 Drydock Avenue, a former waterside storehouse for the South Boston Army Base.

The ceilings are reinforced to safely support the heavy machinery. Additionally, a centrally located five-ton bridge crane allows the movement of large fabricated pieces and equipment between the first and second floors.




Boston, MA


67,000 SF