New Life at the Navy Yard

The City of Philadelphia has positioned itself in recent years as one of the leading life sciences hubs in the United States. And as a result, continues to be one of the hottest markets in the country when it comes to the investment and development of new facilities.

It should come as no surprise that one of the most ideal locations for these types of facilities is the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Occupied by 15,000 employees and 170 employers, the 7.5 million square feet of facilities include a mix of property types, including office, retail, industrial, R & D and institutional.

One of the next additions to the growing community will be the Speculative R & D Lab Building located at 1201 Normandy Place. 1201 Normandy will allow smaller-scale gene and cell therapy companies to take space in the Navy Yard’s thriving life science community. This new addition is a major step towards delivering a world-class life science innovation hub at the heart of the Navy Yard.

1201 was designed in consultation with CRB, a leading lab designer, and DIGSAU, lead architect, to be the most sophisticated lab building in the region optimized for cell and gene therapy R & D companies, while maintaining the flexibility to accommodate all users. The modern four-story facility will feature 140,000 square feet of highly customizable lab space and will be able to support life science customers ranging from 5,000-35,000 square feet per floor. Special user-specific considerations include 15’-16’ floor-to-floor ceiling heights, predetermined GMP space, structural integrity that minimizes vibration and two loading docks. Occupants will also have access to collaborative workspace, an outdoor balcony on each floor and a ground level café. The building is projected to achieve LEED Gold Certification.

Pennoni will be providing survey, geotechnical engineering, environmental engineering, civil engineering and transportation engineering. We’ve partnered with several subconsultants, including SAS Geospatial for survey, Rodriguez Consulting for civil engineering and KMJ for traffic planning.

1201 Normandy broke ground on March 15, 2022 and is expected to be completed by 2024. However, this is just one project of many projects to come in the continued redevelopment of the Navy Yard over the next decade, bringing new life and business to one of Philadelphia’s oldest landmarks!

For more information on this project, contact Elizabeth Norton.


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