Gilbane Building Company Celebrates Topping Out at Union Square in Somerville


SOMERVILLE, MA–Representatives from US2, Redgate Real Estate Advisors, SGA, and Gilbane Building Company gathered to celebrate the official topping out of the 194,000-SF, Class A, mixed-use life sciences building at Union Square in Somerville, Massachusetts.

With seven stories of lab- and office-ready space, and a two-story mechanical penthouse to support life sciences tenants, the new building will feature a state-of-the-art design, lab-ready infrastructure, flexible and efficient floor plans, as well as a range of on-site amenities.

SGA Partner John Sullivan, AIA

Upon completion, the facility will provide an innovative research and development environment for synergistic collaboration and discoveries. Along with the return of public transit via the new train station, the Union Square Development (USQ) signals the inauguration of Somerville as a new sub-cluster of technology and life sciences. The exterior design celebrates the extensive history of Union Square by featuring materials used in local industries of the 1900s such as grist mills, brick manufacturing, and ink, glass and copper tubing factories.

“In reaching this important milestone we have used the latest advances in construction, sustainability, and safety technologies to create a safe, efficient, and state-of-the-art job site,” said Mike O’Brien, senior vice president and business unit leader for Gilbane. “We’re on track to complete this facility by May of 2023, when we’ll gather again to cut the ribbon and turn over the building to US2 as well as some very lucky new tenants.”

“On behalf of all the partners associated with US2, I want to thank Gilbane Building Company and all the construction workers, Redgate Real Estate Advisors, Spagnolo Gisness & Associates (SGA), and other members of the design team for bringing us to this milestone today and delivering on the very important vision that the City of Somerville has for Union Square”, said Greg Karczewski, president of Union Square Station Associates (US2).