Longfellow Celebrates Topping Out Ceremony at Avia Labs

Longfellow Real Estate Partners celebrated the Topping Out Ceremony for the firm’s latest development, Avia Labs at Millbrae Station in the San Francisco Bay Area portfolio.

The topping off marks a major milestone for the next phase of the Avia Labs project, a six-story, 315,000 SF campus with state-of-the-art office and lab space. Avia Labs will be one of California’s first all-electric life science campuses, designed to LEED Gold and Fitwel certifications with an array of environmentally focused attributes that support its transit-oriented location, which is less than three miles from San Francisco International Airport and steps from the Millbrae Transit Center.

As the development advances to its 2025 delivery date, 39.5K cubic yards of concrete have been placed and 12.8M pounds of rebar installed. Longfellow will finalize Avia Labs’ diverse campus amenities such as its fitness center, terrace with mountain views, large conference spaces, and a public café open to the community.

The entire Longfellow team thrilled to see continued growth throughout the Bay Area region with innovative and dynamic life science companies and institutions. Thank you to our partners, Level 10 Construction and Flad Architects, on the project for your unwavering support and collaborative spirit on this upcoming campus!

For more information on Avia Labs at Millbrae Station, visit: https://avialabs.com/

Longfellow Delivers Major Upgrades at San Mateo Science Center

San Mateo, CA (May 21, 2024) – Longfellow Real Estate Partners, one of the largest privately owned investors and developers of life science real estate, reaffirmed its support of the life science industry throughout the Bay Area and Peninsula region with  the delivery of its San Mateo Science Center campus.

Acquired by Longfellow in 2021, the two buildings located at 901 and 951 Mariners Island Boulevard consist of over 260,000 square feet of creatable Class A lab and office space that will aim to serve a wide range of life science and biotech companies.

The San Mateo Science Center campus benefits from a highly accessible location in the heart of the mid-Peninsula. Situated at the intersection of the 101 and 92 freeways, the property offers a direct connection to the East Bay via the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge interchange and access to Foster City commuter shuttles servicing the Hillsdale Caltrain and Millbrae BART Stations. With its optimized Mid-Peninsula location, the campus will draw talent from throughout the Bay Area to utilize these newly developed lab and amenity spaces.

Construction on the campus upgrades commenced in the middle of last year, with major deliverables such as the first round of move-in ready lab suites and campus amenities that will support future customers. In addition to these spaces, Longfellow is delivering several lab suites ranging from 9,000-22,000+ SF in Q3 2024, with other opportunities for further growth or built-to-suit space within the building.

Physical onsite amenities include a café, collaborative lounge and conference spaces, outdoor patio area, expanded fitness center with showers and lockers, indoor bicycle storage, EV charging stations, and much more. To complement the built-in amenities, Longfellow will also implement its proprietary hospitality platform, ElevateTM, to create custom programming and events throughout the year that are highly curated for the partners utilizing the campus. Programming is set to include rotating food trucks, volunteer / philanthropic opportunities, and other collaborative group events intended to bring businesses and the community together.

“Throughout our Bay Area portfolio, we’ve been able to make meaningful enhancements in the developments and communities we invest in, something our entire team is proud to be a part of,” said Tara Korlipara, Director of Development & Market Lead. “The Peninsula has long been a magnet for the world’s foremost scientific research & development, and we are excited to expand our offering of world-class space to these visionaries.”

Longfellow is a premier investor, operator, and developer of life science real estate throughout the United States and United Kingdom with a total investment and development portfolio of more than 16 million square feet and over $10bn in total asset value. Locally, Longfellow’s Bay Area staff is headquartered in Redwood City and the firm has developments throughout the region in cities such as Palo Alto, Millbrae, San Francisco, Redwood City, and San Mateo.

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About Longfellow Real Estate Partners
Longfellow Real Estate Partners is a real estate investment company founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 2009. With approximately 200 employees in bio-innovation clusters across the US and UK, Longfellow partners with renowned universities and pioneering life sciences and technology companies to help bring visionary ideas to life. Driven by a passion to support those working to advance the human condition, Longfellow continues to grow and expand in the name of scientific progress. For more information, visit https://lfrep.com.

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Casey Angel: Director, Corporate Communications
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Longfellow Releases First-Ever Annual ESG Report

Boston, MA (May 10, 2024) – Longfellow Real Estate Partners, one of the largest privately held investor and developer of life science buildings, today released its first annual report outlining the firm’s commitment to Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) pillars. The report highlights business decisions and firmwide culture that delivers lasting value through sustainable building efforts and best practices.

“Since the inception of our firm, sustainable building principles have helped shape our overarching and day-to-day business decisions. Our team has been deeply committed to sustainable building standards and certifications since our first development nearly two decades ago,” said Adam Sichol, Co-Founder & CEO of Longfellow Real Estate Partners. “As a long-term investor, operator, and developer, we take pride in the communities we invest in and are tied to their success for decades to come.”

Highlights from the Annual Report include:

  • Longfellow’s portfolio-wide ESG Strategy consists of 15 focus areas, supported by specific, measurable targets and actions to support target achievement.
  • Longfellow is currently building two of the first all-electric life science facilities in the State of California and the first in the San Diego region (Avia Labs in Millbrae, California, and Bioterra in San Diego), supporting our commitment to decarbonizing the portfolio.
  • The firm’s leadership team is over 50% female or minority. While Longfellow Advance, our nationwide DEI steering committee formed in 2020, supports our continued commitment to advancing professionals from underrepresented backgrounds.
  • The first public ESG Report reinforces supports our team’s commitment to share the direction and future, with dedicated reporting on progress toward ESG targets.

“We are incredibly proud to communicate our goals publicly – each of our focus areas are supported by distinct targets and actions to achieve them,” said Lauren Ballou, Associate Director of ESG. “After establishing our ESG Task Force nearly two years ago, this collaborative team has worked hard to double down on Longfellow’s sustainable mindset for future growth that is good for our partners, our communities, and our environment.”

Focus areas throughout the Annual Report center on the three ESG Pillars and include such initiatives as Energy & Emissions, Climate Risk, Health & Wellbeing, Diversity Equity Inclusion, Fiduciary Duty, Cybersecurity / Data Protection, and more. With key achievements and recent milestones also outlined in addition to future goals, the report showcases the true past, present, and future of Longfellow’s commitments. For more information about ESG goals and to stay up to date on the latest news, visit: www.LFREP.com/ESG

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About Longfellow Real Estate Partners
Longfellow Real Estate Partners is a real estate investment company founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 2009. With approximately 200 employees in bio-innovation clusters across the United States and United Kingdom, Longfellow partners with renowned universities and pioneering life sciences and technology companies to help bring visionary ideas to life. Driven by a passion to support those working to advance the human condition, Longfellow continues to grow and expand in the name of scientific progress. For more information, visit https://lfrep.com

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Casey Angel: Director, Corporate Communications
+1 (619) 400-7990 • cangel@lfrep.com

Longfellow & Wates Group Execute Contract, Begin Immediate Construction at CamLIFE

Cambridge, UK (May 8, 2024) – Longfellow Real Estate Partners, the largest privately held investor and developer of life science buildings, announced today they have signed a fixed price contract to reposition their CamLIFE campus, with the UK’s leading family-owned construction company, Wates.

Construction on CamLIFE is set to begin immediately which will bolster the 42-acre parkland campus while delivering high-quality, fitted lab space, curated amenities, and expansive green space in Cambridge. Delivery of the lab space will begin in Mid-2025 with the Cam 3 building coming online first, with Cam 1 & 2 shortly thereafter.

“Longfellow will deliver the same high quality and sustainable fitted lab space that we have across our 16 million square foot portfolio,” said Adam Sichol, Co-Founder & CEO of Longfellow Real Estate Partners. “At CamLIFE, our team is creating the next generation of developments to meet the demands of the United Kingdom’s innovation economy and support its future growth.”

“The signing of this contract signals a significant milestone for Longfellow UK and further strengthens our commitment to the UK life science market,” said Tom French, UK Lead and Development Director. “This initial phase will be the foundation of what we hope will be a more extensive, broader vision for the campus.”

Longfellow’s commitment to sustainable development underpins the environmental ethos, the campus, and its community. The first phase is targeting BREEAM Excellent and EPC A. The adaptive re-use design approach has led to a 40% whole-life embodied carbon reduction relative to a new-build net-zero equivalent.

With three decades of experience bringing complex life science, advanced manufacturing, research and technology projects to life, Wates is well placed to partner with Longfellow UK to create sustainable, state-of-the-art laboratory buildings. Wates will also work throughout this project with SES Engineering Services, one of the UK’s leading Mechanical and Electrical (M&E) partners, who will lead on design elements and in particular the specialist Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) systems required.

“We are delighted that we have been selected to lead Longfellow’s first UK project to create state-of-the-art laboratory facilities in this world-renowned location,” said Steff Battle, Managing Director of Wates Construction. “Everything we do is guided by our purpose of working together to create the places, communities, and businesses of tomorrow – these are cultural traits we are proud to share with Longfellow and we will work with their team on delivering this important project.”

Longfellow has spearheaded the development of life science clusters throughout the United States. With more than 16 million square feet located in key biotech markets, Longfellow continues to partner with and support innovative companies and institutions in leading regions.

For more information on CamLIFE, please visit: https://camlife.co.uk/

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About Longfellow Real Estate Partners
Longfellow Real Estate Partners is a real estate investment company founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 2009. With approximately 200 employees in bio-innovation clusters across the US and UK, Longfellow partners with renowned universities and pioneering life sciences and technology companies to help bring visionary ideas to life. Driven by a passion to support those working to advance the human condition, Longfellow continues to grow and expand in the name of scientific progress. For more information, visit https://lfrep.com.

About Wates
Established in 1897, we are the UK’s leading family-owned development, building and property maintenance company. In 2023 we employed over 4,000 people and generated profits of £46.2m from a turnover of £2.18bn, working with a wide range of public and private sector customers and partners. Now in our fourth generation of family ownership, we’re committed to the long-term sustainability of the built environment and to making our industry more inclusive and representative of the communities we work in. We are one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Gender Equality 2023 and an Investors in People Gold accredited company. We are driven by our shared purpose of working together to inspire better ways of creating the places, communities and businesses of tomorrow.

Our Construction business, the largest arm of the Group, works with our partners to create a more sustainable built environment and deliver legacies for the communities in which we work. We deliver complex projects across a range of sectors, including education, residential, healthcare, commercial, and emergency services. wates.co.uk/construction

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Casey Angel: Director, Corporate Communications
+1 (619) 400-7990 • cangel@lfrep.com

Longfellow Delivers Newest Life Science Space at Preserve Labs

Real estate investor provides new 30,000 SF Class A lab space for immediate occupancy by life science and biotech companies in the I-270 corridor

Rockville, MD (April 8, 2024) – Longfellow Real Estate Partners, one of the largest privately owned investors and developers of life science real estate, has delivered 30,000 square feet of Class A lab space in its first life science project to the Suburban Maryland / Washington D.C. market, Preserve Labs.

Acquired by Longfellow in the Summer of 2022, Preserve Labs is a seven-story, 191,000 square foot building located in the thriving I-270 corridor known as DNA Alley. The Class A lab and office space is fit to serve a wide range of life science and biotech companies from mid-size to full building users looking to headquarter in Maryland’s innovative hub.

Longfellow converted the traditional office project at One Preserve Parkway into two, 15,000 square foot fitted lab spaces ready for immediate occupancy on the building’s second floor and converted five contiguous levels to lab-ready floors totaling 155,000 square feet.

The company also refreshed the project’s amenities and fitness center with a hospitality infused tenant lounge, expanded outdoor seating, and an on-site café. Longfellow’s proprietary tenant hospitality program, ElevateTM, will curate custom programming and events including food trucks, convenience services, philanthropic opportunities, and more for tenants of Preserve Labs and the community at-large.

“Throughout our international portfolio, our mission has been to deliver state-of-the-art life science space to support some of the world’s greatest companies and institutions,” said Longfellow Managing Director, Greg Capps. “Preserve Labs is set to do exactly that for the I-270 Corridor in both lab space and the top-notch amenities that support our partners and their teams on campus.”

Preserve Labs also benefits from a highly accessible and amenitized location with connectivity to I-270 and the Rockville Metro Station. Potomac Woods Plaza, Wintergreen Plaza, Park Potomac, and Pike & Rose are within minutes of the building and boast numerous retail, dining and living options. Doubling down on transportation ease, the development will feature EV charging stations, free onsite parking, and expanded bike parking for multimodal uses.

“The quality lab space we are bringing to market, our ability to accommodate growing or established companies, easy access to I-270, and our proximity to multiple retail centers makes Preserve Labs the premier life science project in the Suburban Maryland / Washington D.C. market,” said Longfellow Partner, Neill Sherron.

Longfellow is a premier investor, operator, and developer of life science real estate throughout the United States and United Kingdom with a total investment and development portfolio of more than 16 million square feet and over $10bn in total asset value. Longfellow’s international portfolio supports life science companies and institutions in key markets including Boston, San Diego, San Francisco, the Research Triangle of North Carolina, Cambridge, United Kingdom, and more.

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About Longfellow Real Estate Partners
Longfellow Real Estate Partners is a real estate investment company founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 2009. With approximately 200 employees in bio-innovation clusters across the US and UK, Longfellow partners with renowned universities and pioneering life sciences and technology companies to help bring visionary ideas to life. Driven by a passion to support those working to advance the human condition, Longfellow continues to grow and expand in the name of scientific progress. For more information, visit https://lfrep.com.

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Casey Angel: Director, Corporate Communications
+1 (619) 400-7990 • cangel@lfrep.com

Longfellow Strengthens Regional Leadership through Key Appointments

San Diego / San Francisco, CA (February 22, 2024) – Longfellow Real Estate Partners, one of the largest privately owned investors and developers of life science real estate, today announced the expansion of regional leadership in the key West Coast markets of San Diego and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Newly announced leadership includes Peter Fritz as Regional Managing Director in San Diego and Tara Korlipara as Director of Development and Market Lead in the San Francisco Bay Area. Each of these regional leads will enter elevated and expanded roles after excelling in their previous positions at Longfellow.

As Managing Director, San Diego, Peter Fritz will work with Longfellow’s leadership team to set and execute the strategy for continued growth and operations in the San Diego region. In his new role, Peter will serve as the regional office leader and expand relationships with local life science and industry partners as well as key local government and community stakeholders. In this role, he will also be responsible for ensuring that Longfellow tenants continue to experience state-of-the-art lab space and a world-class experience in San Diego.

Peter previously held the role of Senior Director, Development where he oversaw Longfellow’s ground-up development projects, collaborating with teams across the portfolio. Prior to joining Longfellow, Peter was a Vice President at Project Management Advisors Inc. where he managed the delivery of over 2 million square feet of life science, commercial office, and retail development.

In her new role as Director of Development & Market Lead in the Bay Area, Tara Korlipara will work closely with the regional team and executive team to advance regional developments, pursue new opportunities, and support and oversee Longfellow’s nearly 5 million square foot pipeline in the region.

As she continues to expand her work with Longfellow’s vertically integrated departments, Tara will build and maintain new and existing relationships with key tenants, community leaders, and stakeholders throughout the firm’s Bay Area portfolio which includes developments in Palo Alto, Redwood City, Millbrae, Emeryville, San Mateo, and San Francisco’s Mission Bay.

Peter and Tara have stepped into their new roles after local leader Nick Frasco was elevated to Partner, West Region with Longfellow in late 2023 where he is now responsible for oversight and strategic growth throughout the Western United States.

“We are proud to announce the expanded roles of Peter and Tara in our key West Coast regions,” said Nick Frasco, Partner, West Region. “They have shown incredible leadership and collaboration with our internal team and the communities we partner with. I’m looking forward to the great things each will accomplish in their new roles as Longfellow continues to provide best-in-class space for our tenants throughout our portfolio.”

Longfellow is a long-term investor, operator, and developer of life science real estate throughout the United States and United Kingdom with a total investment and development portfolio of more than 16.5 million square feet and over $10bn in total asset value.

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About Longfellow Real Estate Partners
Longfellow Real Estate Partners is a real estate investment company founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 2009. With approximately 200 employees in bio-innovation clusters across the US and UK, Longfellow partners with renowned universities and pioneering life sciences and technology companies to help bring visionary ideas to life. Driven by a passion to support those working to advance the human condition, Longfellow continues to grow and expand in the name of scientific progress. For more information, visit https://lfrep.com.
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Casey Angel: Director, Corporate Communications
+1 (619) 400-7990 • cangel@lfrep.com

 

From Parachute Factory to State-of-the-Art Lab Space: Hatch Life Sciences

How a Former Parachute Factory in Queens Became Life Sciences Space

Among the challenges for Longfellow Real Estate Partners’ Hatch Life Sciences project? Disassembling a rooftop billboard.

Six years ago, Commercial Observer toured a decaying 1920s warehouse near Queensboro Plaza in Long Island City, which then-owner Normandy Real Estate Partners planned to convert to offices.

In 2021, life sciences developer Longfellow Real Estate Partners purchased a $95 million majority interest in the seven-story property at 43-10 23rd Street with plans to install a mix of life sciences labs and offices. A private real estate fund controlled by Columbia Property Trust — which acquired Normandy in 2020 — and Kassabian Realty still has the minority stake in the building. 

Longfellow named the project “Hatch Life Sciences,” in a throwback to the building’s former life as a parachute manufacturing plant. Suffolk Construction oversaw the conversion and renovation work, which involved replacing all the windows, repairing damaged rebar and concrete on the facade, and installing a tank in the basement to alleviate flooding from storms. 

“The existing stormwater capacity of the neighborhood is overwhelmed, so this basement floods when there’s a big rain event,” said Suffolk’s Justin LaPoint. “We got pumps in there and realized we needed to build a large leaching galley in the courtyard — a place to channel overflow stormwater below the new parking lot we built. It’s a retention tank that slowly leaches [stormwater] into the environment.” 

The building’s roof also had a large billboard visible from the 7 train and the Queensboro Bridge, which workers had to disassemble piece by piece to allow access to part of the roof. The utility work required for labs is also extensive, requiring upgrades to the building’s gas and electrical lines, along with the installation of chemical storage areas, fume hoods, air compressors, reverse-osmosis water filtration, chillers, boilers, generators and electrical transformers.  

Suffolk documented all the work with a piece of technology called OpenSpace, a 360-degree camera that superintendents can wear on their hardhats when they do their weekly site walks. 

“It creates a 3-D map of the site on that day,” said LaPoint. “You can click within this drawing and see the history of each spot. It allows us to look at the history within the walls, and it creates a good monument for the ownership to know what is in the wall here. They have actual footage of the development of the project throughout time.” 

The first floor also has an amenity area off the lobby with conference spaces and a cafe that serves coffee, beer and wine. The rear courtyard was paved for a 15-space parking lot with electric vehicle charging. 

Longfellow opted to build about 70,000 square feet of prebuilt lab space, which can be split into suites ranging from 14,000 to 21,000 square feet. The upper floors remain unfinished shell space with the hookups for lab equipment. Construction began in July of 2022 and wrapped in December 2023, though workers are still putting finishing touches on the interiors.

Article Courtesy of Commercial Observer: https://commercialobserver.com/2024/02/hatch-life-sciences-longfellow-queens/

Projects Transforming NC’s Biotech Scene: Via Labs & Chapel Hill Project

A threat to Boston’s dominance? 9 projects transforming the Triangle’s biotech scene

For over two decades, greater Boston has been hailed as the world’s “mecca” for biotech and innovation.

But roughly 700 miles southwest, Raleigh-Durham is posing a serious threat to its dominance, The Boston Globe noted earlier this month.

Most of the major real estate players in Boston’s life-science world — King Street Properties and Longfellow, to name two — either have a presence in the Research Triangle area or are considering one. “They have to. It’s where their tenants are looking to grow,” Globe reporter Catherine Carlock wrote.

According to CBRE’s latest estimates, some $8.9 billion has been invested in the region’s life-science real estate since 2018, totaling more than 29 projects proposed or underway from companies like Fujifilm Diosynth and Amgen.

Rising interest rates and softening economic conditions have tempered tenant demand slightly over the last year, CBRE said in its 2023 fourth-quarter market report. But the region remains poised for continued growth.

Some 310,366 square feet of lab space — and 581,467 square feet of GMP/biomanufacturing space (GMP) — is currently under construction.

Separately, real estate firm JLL ranked Raleigh-Durham – not Boston – the No. 1 biomanufacturing market in the country, and a top five life-science cluster in the United States.

“It’s not overbuilt,” said Eric Forshee, JLL’s executive vice president, in an email. “Compared to the larger markets like Boston and the Bay Area, our market has been conservative. We have a lot of room to grow.”

Research Triangle Park

Project: Via Labs at Hub RTP

Description: Inside Hub RTP, a “mini-city” in the middle of Research Triangle Park, Boston-based life-science real estate firm Longfellow is planning an eight-story tower called Via Labs.

Details: The building will sit next to a parking garage near the Hub’s I-40 entrance. Its first-floor ceilings will be higher than the rest to accommodate manufacturers in addition to research and development.

“We continue to work in tandem with RTP,” said Greg Capps, Longefellow’s managing director, in an email.

The firm hopes to break ground on the building sometime this year, though it’s seeking pre-leases for roughly 20% to 30% of the tower before starting construction.

“There are no finalized pre-leases. We continue several advanced talks with companies,” Longfellow spokesperson Casey Angel said.

Longfellow has a nationwide development portfolio, including roughly 5 million square feet in the Triangle. This includes the Durham ID building in downtown Durham. Six other life-science locations are proposed, including a 380,000-square-foot research lab, office and retail building in the 300 block of West Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. (See below).

Chapel Hill

Project: 306 W. Franklin St.

Description: Longfellow Real Estate Partners is planning for up to 380,000 square feet of research lab, office and retail in the 300 block of West Franklin Street.

Details: The 1.84-acre site is between West Franklin and West Rosemary streets, between the Bicycle Chain store and Cholanad restaurant.

Though the project’s architects are still finalizing designs, the Boston-based developer said it is expected to include a public plaza on West Franklin Street and a walkway between West Franklin and West Rosemary streets.

The project will rely primarily on off-site parking but includes 100 to 120 underground parking spaces on site.

The future of the Blue Dogwood Public Market and other small businesses remains unclear. The developers have reached out to current tenants along the block and are negotiating possible solutions though weekly discussions, a Longfellow spokesman told The N&O.