SGA: Innovative Design for Life Sciences Facilities

SGA receives the 2021 Life Sciences Design Firm of the Year Award

BOSTON- SGA has become a go-to firm for designing Class-A Life Sciences facilities for developers, owners and users throughout North America. With their designs behind 4 million square feet of Greater Boston’s new life sciences facilities in the last year alone, SGA is the 2021 recipient of the Boston Real Estate Times Life Sciences Design Firm of the Year Award. The firm was also named one of Fast Company’s World’s Most Innovative Companies.

“Specialists in designing flexible life sciences spaces that can adapt to new technology and conditions, SGA’s approach to architecture has become vital in the age of the pandemic,” Fast Company noted in their coverage of the firm.

SGA has a proven track record of delivering dynamic and flexible research space in notable life sciences clusters. The firm’s knowledge and experience in the field has given SGA a thorough understanding of what lab tenants expect in the market right now. As a result, SGA experts know how to design flexible solutions that support a conducive research environment.

John Sullivan
Partner, Director of Architecture at SGA

In addition to being named Life Sciences Firm of the Year, SGA’s Partner and Director of Architecture, John Sullivan, AIA, received the Life Sciences Design Firm of the Year Award.

With a recognized track record of delivering dynamic and flexible research space in both Kendall Square and in neighboring life sciences clusters, SGA has become a leader in the field for the specialized programming, planning, and design of research and development facilities for life sciences.

Having cultivated a deep understanding of the critical metrics and capacities necessary to provide a flexible and efficient life science core + shell environment, the firm has become a leader in the field.

Recent Notable Projects

60 Guest Street in Boston Landing, Allston/Brighton, MA

The proposed nine-story structure that will offer 320,000-square-feet of state-of-the-art lab and office space. The project will be an iconic building visible from the Massachusetts Turnpike that will easily hold its own among local landmarks such as New Balance’s Global Headquarters, the Boston Celtics’ Auerbach Center, and the Bruins’ Warrior Ice Arena. As designed, 60 Guest will be an important addition to both the vibrant, mixed-use neighborhood of Boston Landing and to Allston/Brighton’s emerging Life Sciences cluster.

88 Black Falcon Terminal, Boston Waterfront

This project is a four-story addition at 88 Black Falcon Avenue, a proposed Water Dependent Industrial, Office, and Life Science redevelopment on the South Boston Waterfront that will total approximately 684,510 square feet upon completion. A former army base on the South Boston Waterfront, 88 Black Falcon is currently a three-story, 353,910-square-foot structure that extends eastward into Boston Harbor. The addition, designed by SGA, will stack four stories atop the existing building, nearly doubling the amount of rentable space.

85 Walnut Street, Watertown, MA

85 Walnut St. in Watertown, MA is a new 215,000-square-foot building that will provide a state-of-the-art, lab-ready facilities attracting elite talent and tenants. In addition, a parking structure and a lush public park will be situated on the five-acre property. SGA is using the existing, under-utilized green space that wasn’t accessible to the public and turning it into a unique, shared outdoor environment. Highlights include a central open green space, amphitheater seating, and paths for pedestrians and bicycles.

SGA received the 2021 Life Sciences Design Firm of the Year Award at the Boston Real Estate Times Excellence Awards on October 29 in a virtual ceremony via Zoom. To see a recording of the ceremony, click here to watch.

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