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Somerville's 101 South Street at Boynton Yards Reaches Topping-Off Milestone

SOMERVILLE, MA — DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners (DLJ RECP), Leggat McCall Properties (LMP) and Shawmut Design and Construction commemorated the final steel addition atop 101 South Street — Somerville’s first life sciences building. The nine-story, 290,000-square-foot, Class-A mixed-use facility will provide lab space geared toward emerging life science companies. The building, which will include first floor retail, community art spaces, and a four-level underground parking garage, will achieve LEED Gold and WiredScore Platinum certifications, a testament to the sustainable and efficient approach.

“Despite the challenges that COVID has posed during the last six months, the skill and efficiency of the construction team led by Shawmut have been nothing less than extraordinary,” said John Fenton, Development Manager of DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners. “With the necessary protocols in place, everyone has adapted and continued to press forward resulting in no delay toward completion next summer.”

The first of three life science buildings as part of the Boynton Yards development in Somerville, 101 South Street will offer high-efficiency infrastructure where companies can grow. With more than one million square feet of commercial, residential, retail, public green, arts, and performance spaces, the project will bring 4,000 permanent jobs to the City of Somerville.

“We’ve always envisioned Boynton Yards as Somerville’s new innovation campus for the life sciences and tech sector to expand and grow,” said Rob Dickey, Executive Vice President of Leggat McCall Properties. “Now with the added force of today’s demand for lab space, Boynton is well positioned to support the city’s goal of competing and complementing Boston and Cambridge for years to come.”

Shawmut Design and Construction, the general contractor, along with architecture firms SGA and Hashim Sarkis Studios, is executing the ground-up building. The building's lab space includes advanced wet and dry R&D labs and column-free, 35,000-square-foot floor plates for maximum flexibility. 101 South Street will also feature a below grade parking garage for 250 vehicles, indoor bike storage, and a two-story lobby complete with retail space overlooking public green areas and walking paths.

“We are tremendously proud of the progress we’re making at 101 South Street, but most importantly how we’re doing so safely,” said Kevin Sullivan, Executive Vice President at Shawmut. “As the first building at Boynton Yards, this facility will anchor what is envisioned to be the future of Somerville as a hub of innovation, technology, and life science research.”

101 South Street broke ground in June 2019 and is slated for completion in summer 2021. The upcoming Boynton Yards campus — currently undergoing a public master plan permit approval process — is envisioned as an extension to Somerville’s Union Square and Inman Square neighborhoods.

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