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Historic Quartermaster Campus to be Converted to New R&D and Biomanufacturing Lab Space
The new site, renamed the Quartermaster Science + Technology Park, is currently leasing
Sponsored by ECBuild / EwingCole
By Sarah Ellinwood
February 1, 2023
To add to the growing list of recent life science real estate developments in Greater Philadelphia, this week Scheer Partners shared that SkyREM, a real estate investor, owner, and developer with properties across the country, has big plans to convert Philly’s historic Quartermaster site into the Quartermaster Science + Technology Park. The $250 million commercial redevelopment project will include both wet and dry lab space catering to early-stage life science startups as well as more established companies.
In addition to state-of-the-art lab space, the Park will also house attractive amenities including restaurants and hotels.
“We had a vision to preserve the legacy of this built-to-last historic Philadelphia landmark and transform it to create a vibrant space where the best and brightest want to innovate, collaborate, and work,” said Alex Dembitzer, CEO and Founder, SkyREM, owner of Quartermaster in a statement. “As we invest in making a positive impact on the community, the Quartermaster Science + Technology Park will meet the great need for additional quality life science space in the Philadelphia area, one of the largest bioscience clusters in the United States.”
“The complex was once a busy commercial center where the army innovated, created and equipped our forces with the best quality products. It encompassed state-of-the-art labs, forward-thinking minds, and a complete supply chain – all in one block. Our Park provides much-needed space for incredible talent from South Philadelphia and the Greater Philadelphia region across academic, life science, medical, bio institutions and more to discover, collaborate, produce and manufacture,” added Vered Nohi, Regional Executive Director, New Business Development, SkyREM at Quartermaster.
The new Quartermaster Science + Technology Park joins a plethora of other historic Philly buildings that have or are receiving a life science glow-up. Budd Bioworks, formerly known as Budd Co., was once used to create metal products for the automotive and transportation industries. And The Curtis, which is set to provide more than 325,000 square feet of lab space, was once a publishing headquarters.
Given the growing demand for lab space in Philly paired with the challenges of building space from scratch, repurposing just makes sense.
Here are just a few of the amenities tenants can look forward to:
- 24 total acres, with six acres of green space
- Plenty of on-site parking
- Planned restaurants and hotels to cater to residents and out-of-town guests alike
- Both wet and dry lab spaces
- Open design plan
- Large factory windows, exposed ceilings, and polished concrete flors
- Will be ENERGY STAR and LEED-certified, with rooftop solar in the works to generate nearly all electricity for the Park
- Multiple public rooftop spaces for networking and social events
- 500,000 square feet of vacant space for life science and tech companies, ranging from as little as 1,000 square feet to as much as 250,000 square feet of space to fit a multitude of needs
A Prime Location
- Located off of I-76, with easy access to I-95
- Public transportation options
- Only 15 minutes from Philadelphia International Airport
- Close to the Phillies, Flyers, 76ers, and Eagles sports stadiums
For more information about Quartermaster Science + Technology Park, visit www.quartermasterphl.com.
For life science and technology leasing information, please contact Tim Conrey at [email protected], KJ Kulik at [email protected] or Lou Tonon at [email protected] with Scheer Partners, Inc.
For retail leasing information, please contact Nadia Bilynsky at [email protected] or Veronica Blum at [email protected] with MPN Realty, Inc.
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