Specialized Building for Life Sciences
The property was permitted in 2003 for a 600,000 s.f. mixed-use project that included a 30-story residential tower. National Development assessed the economic feasibility of the project and determined that the best use for the site would be a nine story, 425,000 s.f. life science research building with no housing component. The new building, Longwood Center, is designed to accommodate a mix of lab, clinical and office uses for institutional and corporate tenants seeking space in the Longwood area.
What did the National Development team need to accomplish in order to make the Longwood Center project a success? First, we needed to act quickly. The land acquisition deal was signed and the acquisition completed in a lightning-fast, ninety-day period. Second, it needed community involvement. The project team began to work with the construction manager, city officials, area constituents, and designers to ensure that the project met the needs of the life sciences market and the rigorous demands of the community.