Gateway Park's First Building Set for Groundbreaking

Sen. Kennedy, Rep. McGovern and City Officials to Participate in the Next Step of Worcester Brownfield Redevelopment Project

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An artist's rendering of the WPI Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center at Gateway Park as seen from Prescott Street.


A historic groundbreaking next week will mark another milestone in Worcester's Gateway Park redevelopment project. Representatives from the region's business, civic and academic communities will gather to celebrate the start of the project's first building -- the WPI Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center at Gateway Park. The 124,600 square-foot facility at 60-68 Prescott Street will consist of new construction to house modern laboratories and support facilities, and a renovated former industrial building to provide space for offices, meeting rooms, and other amenities.

Special guests scheduled to address the attendees include Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), and Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), Worcester City Manager Michael V. O'Brien, Worcester Mayor Timothy P. Murray, along with the leaders of the building's co-developers -- Worcester Business Development Corporation President David P. Forsberg and Worcester Polytechnic Institute President Dennis D. Berkey.

About 75% of the center will be occupied by WPI when it is completed in early 2007. 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 WPI Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center at Gateway Park is a joint development of the Worcester Business Development Corporation and WPI. Gateway Park is an 11-acre, master-planned redevelopment of a former Worcester brownfield. The project is being developed by Gateway Park, LLC -- a public-private partnership between WPI and the WBDC.


Monday, June 27, 2005
9:30 - 11 a.m.


60-68 Prescott Street
Gateway Park
Worcester, Mass.