Greentown Labs Opens Global Center for Cleantech Innovation

By Aziza Jackson

SOMERVILLE, Mass. — Silverman Trykowski Associates, a design-driven architecture and interior design firm based in Boston, is credited with designing the newly opened Global Center for Cleantech Innovation.

The 56,000-square-foot Global Center is part of the Greentown Labs urban campus in Somerville, Mass. The center is a rehabilitated 100-year-old industrial building that was originally built for the American Tube Works Company that produced seamless brass and copper tubes for locomotive, marine, and stationary boilers. Silverman Trykowski Associates transformed the brick and steel building to house modern-day makerspaces for the next generation of groundbreaking technologies—a proverbial bridging of 1900’s energy-producing innovations with 2000’s world-changing cleantech innovations.

The $15 million project is a sustainably built facility that has more than doubled the Greentown Labs footprint to a combined total of 100,000 square feet of innovation space. Greentown is currently home of nearly 100 cleantech member companies.

“The Commonwealth’s innovation economy is thriving because of entrepreneurs like the ones that will be supported by this newly renovated and expanded facility,” said Gov. Charlie Baker.

Silverman Trykowski Associates and Greentown Labs have been partners since 2010 when Greentown was established. They have relied on the 13-person architecture and interior design firm through the years to create an urban campus that includes communal resources for their entrepreneurs, such as a state-of-the-art machine shop and electronics lab.

“Silverman Trykowski Associates are fantastic community-makers who have an amazing way of transforming industrial spaces into warm, welcoming, collaborative spaces to encourage and facilitate innovation that will affect the world,” said Dr. Emily Reichert, CEO of Greentown Labs. “They’ve done an incredible job and have been a valuable strategic partner for Greentown Labs and our members.”

About Silverman Trykowski Associates (STA Design)

STA is a dynamic architecture and interior design firm that solves problems, initiates social progress, and humanizes environments. Founded in 1996, STA designs well-formed environments that are the result of well-informed clients ranging from cleantech to robotics, childcare to healthcare, and workspaces to workout places. More info at

About Greentown Labs

The Greentown Labs Global Center for Cleantech Innovation is the largest cleantech incubator in the United States. Its mission is to enable a vibrant community of startups to realize their visions by providing access to the resources, labs, and funding they need to thrive. More info at