The Davis Companies and Boston Development Group broke ground in August of 2021 on a purpose-built life sciences building in Watertown, Mass. The joint-venture project will offer 224,000 rsf of Class A research space for biomedical and pharmaceutical tenants. Designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects, the facility will provide next-generation laboratories, offices, a fitness center, a shared rooftop balcony, six private outdoor areas, and ample indoor parking accessible directly beneath the building. LEED Gold sustainable design certification will be sought for the structure, which will feature a 25,000-sf rooftop photovoltaic array. The project team includes construction manager John Moriarty & Associates and engineering consultants McNamara Salvia, WSP, Ground, and VHB. Occupancy is expected in mid-2023.
The facility represents the first phase of construction on a 450,000-rsf research campus. The five-acre site will eventually accommodate two buildings surrounded by extensive green spaces to optimize occupant health and wellbeing.