Property developer Ancora L&G is constructing a $165 million life sciences center in Providence that will provide 80,000 sf of world-class research space for the Rhode Island Department of Health. Occupying the entirety of the second and third floors, the new state health lab will feature BSL-3 suites for the detection and mitigation of infectious disease agents and environmental hazards. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is providing $81.7 million in funding for the facility.
Catalyzing the Jewelry District's growing innovation ecosystem, the seven-story, 212,000-sf structure will also offer 130,000 sf of leasable biotechnology venues for corporate and academic tenants. Brown University has signed a letter of intent to occupy 20,000 sf of lab space in the building for a period of ten years. HOK is providing architectural, programming, lab planning, structural engineering, and façade consulting services for the public-private project. Occupancy is expected in 2025.