SGA-Designed Life Sciences Building Reaches Topping Off Milestone in Somerville

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BOSTON—SGA, a Boston and New York City-based national award-winning
architecture, interior design, planning, branded environments and virtual design and
construction practice, announced that a nine-story, 290,000-square-foot life sciences
building—designed by SGA—recently held a topping off ceremony, reaching the midpoint milestone for the mixed-use facility in Somerville, MA. Hashim Sarkis Studios is the
design architect.

Shawmut Design and Construction is the general contractor. The property, located at 101
South Street in Boynton Yards, is developed by DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners (DLJ
RECP) and Leggat McCall Properties (LMP). The building broke ground in June 2019
and is slated for completion in summer of 2021.

101 South Street is Somerville’s first life sciences building, which upon completion will
provide state-of-the-art lab space geared towards emerging life sciences companies. The
building, which will include first floor retail, community art spaces and a four-level
underground parking garage, will achieve LEED Gold and WiredScore Platinum
certifications.

“We’re very excited that this SGA-designed building reached its topping off milestones
despite the COVID-19 pandemic, and is on track for completion in Summer 2021,” said
John Sullivan AIA, Partner and Director of Architecture at SGA.

SGA is recognized as one of the nation’s top lab and life sciences facilities designers.
Named “Architectural Firm of the Year 2020” and recognized as one of the “Top 10
Architectural Firms in Massachusetts” by the Boston Real Estate Times, SGA is on the
forefront of integrating dry and wet labs with office design, as AI plays a more important
role in research and development in the field of life sciences.

“Despite the challenges that COVID-19 has posed during the last six months, the skill and
efficiency of the construction team led by Shawmut have been nothing less than
extraordinary,” said John Fenton, Development Manager of DLJ Real Estate Capital
Partners. “With the necessary protocols in place, everyone has adapted and continued to
press forward, resulting in no delay towards completion next summer.”

“We’ve always envisioned Boynton Yards as Somerville’s new innovation campus for the
life sciences and tech sector to expand and grow,” added Rob Dickey, Executive Vice
President of Leggat McCall Properties. “Now with the added force of today’s demand for
lab space, Boynton is well positioned to support the City’s goal of competing and
complementing Boston and Cambridge for years to come.”

Upon completion, the building will include advanced wet and dry R&D labs and columnfree, 35,000 square-foot floor plates for unique and maximum flexibility. 101 South Street
will also feature a below grade parking garage for 250 vehicles, indoor bike storage, and a
two-story lobby complete with retail space overlooking abundant public green areas and
walking paths.