Marcus Partners Hires SGA and DREAM Collaborative to Design Life Science Campus in Boston’s Seaport District

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BOSTON—SGA announced that the firm, along with Boston-based architectural firm, DREAM Collaborative, has been hired for a joint venture by Marcus Partners to design a 228,000-square-foot life sciences campus spanning two buildings at Parcels O and P in the Raymond L. Flynn Park in the South Boston Waterfront neighborhood.

The campus will be anchored by tenant Ginkgo Bioworks, which is building the leading horizontal platform for cell programming, and which has pre-leased 150,000 square feet.

Marcus Partners, a Boston-based real estate investment, management and development firm, filed a Project Notification Form (PNF) in April for the Project.

At Parcel O, Marcus Partners is planning a new, state-of-the-art 219,000-square-foot life sciences building. An adaptive reuse of an existing steel manufacturing building at Parcel P will become a 9,000-square-foot amenity building for the campus’s users.

Marcus Partners is one of the first development firms to join the City’s Climate Resiliency Infrastructure Fund, and the project is designed to achieve LEED Gold certification by this architectural joint venture between SGA and DREAM Collaborative.

“Climate resiliency is critically important to SGA’s design process,” said SGA Partner and Director of Architecture, John Sullivan, AIA. “In collaboration with Marcus Partners and DREAM Collaborative to design Parcel O and P, SGA is paying close attention to strategies for climate resiliency and building energy performance.”

“DREAM Collaborative is honored to be teaming with SGA and Marcus Partners on this extraordinary development that will provide an exceptional new campus for science and collaboration,” said Troy Depeiza, ASSOC AIA, Principal and Co-founder of DREAM Collaborative.

The new building design is a modern interpretation of the district’s industrial vernacular, aiming to celebrate the Raymond L. Flynn Park’s industrial ecosystem while offering a forward-looking expression. The adaptive reuse of the existing steel manufacturing building works to further enhance the industrial character of the neighborhood.

“This neighborhood has a rich architectural history, and we believe SGA and DREAM Collaborative bring the ideal sensibility to this project in marrying that heritage with the structural, technological and design needs of today’s leading life science users,” said Marcus Partners Principal Patrick Sousa. “The relationship between the existing steel building and the new state-of-the-art facility results in a campus that both celebrates the area’s industrial past and welcomes its exciting future.”

Currently, demolition is proposed for Q4 2021 with a construction start in Q1 2022. The project aims to deliver in 2024.

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