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New Lab

Prototyping / Tech

BLDG 128

New Lab is a community of hardware-centric designers, engineers, and entrepreneurs creating the next generation of responsible enterprises through advanced technologies.

In 2011, at the invitation of the Yard, real estate developer David Belt visited Building 128. Inspired by the iron skeleton’s beauty and its historical significance, he and his partner Scott Cohen explored the meaning of “state-of-the-art.” The possibilities, coupled with a desire to provide the city’s design and manufacturing communities with the resources they need to address today’s challenges, led Belt and Cohen to create New Lab.

New Lab’s 84,000-square-foot facility is designed to maximize engagement between innovators in such fields as robotics, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, energy, and industrial design. Over the last two years, its beta members have launched ventures realizing in excess of $120 million in capitalization. Part of New Lab’s esteemed community: Honeybee Robotics, known for creating robotic systems for Mars missions, and StrongArm Technologies, which designs protective equipment for active workers. Their successes and others are a testament to the New Lab mission: providing a diverse group with access to the shared resources of tools, technology, and each other.