WPI Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center at Gateway Park Celebrating Construction Milestone
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/January 16, 2006
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At a topping-off ceremony for the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center, the first building at Gateway Park, the final steel beam will be put into place, marking the completion of the structural frame.
At this ceremonial event drawing together the building’s co-developers, WPI and the Worcester Business Development Corporation (WBDC), the final beam will be on display for participants to sign. Following remarks from WPI President Dennis D. Berkey, WBDC President David P. Forsberg, and state and local officials, the last beam will be hoisted into place by crane to the top of the building.
About the Building:
The WPI Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center at Gateway Park is a four-story, 124,600 square-foot facility that will house modern laboratories and support facilities, and provide space for offices, meeting rooms, and other amenities. The building’s architect is Tsoi/Kobus & Associates, and the contractor is Consigli Construction Co. Inc.
When the building opens next winter, WPI will occupy about 75% of the space. It will serve as the focal point for the university’s graduate research in the life sciences and related engineering fields, and will house the graduate research programs in biology and biotechnology, biomedical engineering, and chemistry and biochemistry, along with the university’s Bioengineering Institute. The remainder of the space will be leased to businesses and commercial entities.
The center is the first building in the Gateway Park project, an 11-acre, master-planned redevelopment of a former Worcester brownfield. At build-out, the development will feature between 500,000 and one million square feet of mixed-use space to attract academic and corporate collaborators, and make a significant impact on the economic development of the region.
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