CREW Boston

The Next Life Science Innovation Campus: Somerville's Assembly Square

Zoom
Boston, MA

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Life Science is a dominant and growing industry in Boston with an aggressive lab development pipeline throughout different parts of the city. With the shift of labor moving north, Assembly Square in Somerville is the newest and fastest growing tech hub due to its proximity to existing institutions and facilities in Cambridge and Boston. The success of the transit-friendly retail and residential neighborhood in Assembly Row created by Federal Realty helped set the stage to transform the rest of the shuttered Assembly Square Mall into the next innovative campus. BioMed Realty’s Assembly Innovation Park is a 1.5 million SF life science development that will include: a trio of high-quality, LEED Gold lab buildings, a world-class urban greenspace, tailored amenities, and a robust lab infrastructure that will embrace a community of tomorrow’s leading innovators. The project will be completed in phases with the first phase delivering a twelve story, 500,000 SF lab building. Greystar will also be building their first Class-A life science office and lab building, and it is on track to be LEED Platinum and WELL certified with additional WiredScore and SmartScore certifications. 



Join us for our virtual program to hear from Sarah Forde with Federal Realty, Gary Kerr with Greystar Development and Colleen O’Connor with BioMed Realty as they share a deep dive into their projects, their plans to activate the Assembly Square streetscape, how Covid has impacted the retails at Assembly Row and their future. 

Panelist Bios
Sarah Forde, as Director of Development for Federal Realty, oversees the entitlement, permitting, design, construction, and delivery of mixed-use projects in the firm’s northeast portfolio.  Currently, Sarah is managing multiple projects throughout New England, including Assembly Row Block 7A (Somerville, MA), a 7-story, 350K SF lab building with ground floor retail.  Prior to joining Federal Realty in 2019, Sarah was a Director of Development at Brookfield Properties (formerly Forest City) in Washington, DC for twelve years. While with Brookfield, Sarah worked on The Yards, a project consisting of 6.5M SF of riverfront development on 48 acres in southeast DC.  Sarah received a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the College of the Holy Cross. 

Gary Kerr is a Managing Director for Greystar Development Services in the Northeast region. Gary is responsible for managing new development projects and expanding the development pipeline for Greystar in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Previously, he served as a Managing Director of the Boston-based Cronin Development and a Senior Director at Tishman Speyer. Gary has been active in the industry since 2005 and has managed multiple large-scale, ground-up developments of various asset classes including residential, office and life science. He previously led the redevelopment of Boston’s iconic Pier 4 and worked on the master-planning entitlement of over one million square feet of commercial development in the Kendall Square submarket of Greater Boston.   

Colleen O’Connor is BioMed Realty’s Senior Vice President of Leasing for the East Coast and U.K. Markets. Her role encompasses the management of 6 million square feet on two continents. Since joining BioMed Realty’s team nearly seven years ago, Colleen has elevated the company’s profile by establishing trusting relationships in the real estate, venture capital and science communities. Prior to her time at BioMed Realty, Colleen worked in finance and accounting roles, most recently at Fidelity Investments in Boston, MA. Colleen holds her Bachelor of Science Degree from Stonehill College, her Master of Accounting Degree from Boston College Carroll School of Management and her Master of Business Administration Degree from Babson F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business. Colleen is also a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Massachusetts. 


11:30 a.m. Networking
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Program


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