Converting Office Buildings Into Laboratory Facilities | Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019

Converting Office Buildings Into Laboratory Facilities | Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019

Over 1.6MM SF of tenants have migrated from Cambridge to Boston’s suburbs. Let's discuss turning buildings into strategic assets.

Time: 8:30-10:00AM

Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
WE08, Room 162A

Currently 25% of US life science investment goes to Greater Boston firms, with this area receiving the highest share of NIH funding in the United States. Of life science establishments here, 77% are R&D, testing, medical and diagnostic labs. Join us to discuss the latest user requirements and trends within life sciences laboratory design. Multiple viewpoints from the perspectives of owners, brokers, architects, OPMs and builders will be presented.

  • Market demand
  • Suburban expansion
  • Infrastructure requirements
  • Special considerations


Gary Kaufman, COO, ABI-LAB
Gary Kaufman

Gary Kaufman, COO, ABI-LAB

In his role as COO Gary runs ABI-LAB, a campus of 85,000 sq. feet in 2 buildings hosting 65 biotech companies. He is an angel investor in a multitude of biotech ventures and is currently creating an investment vehicle to fund additional biotechs. Gary plays a significant role in the startup community as Co-Founder & Vice Chairman of the Metrowest Life Sciences Network, an organization whose mission is to promote growth among Metro Boston’s scientific and entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Steve Lacerte, Life Science Project Executive, STV|DPM
Steve Lacerte

Steve Lacerte, Life Science Project Executive, STV|DPM

Steve possesses 30 years of experience in operations and project management focused on the development of production, laboratory and office space within the Life Sciences for R&D and cGMP facilities. Prior to joining STV|DPM, Steve managed engineering and facility operations for Sanofi and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals.  His current responsibilities entail team leadership, strategy, agreements, analysis and project oversight.

Kevin Brawley, Vice President, Colliers International
Kevin Brawley

Kevin Brawley, Vice President, Colliers International

Leading Collier’s suburban brokerage team, Kevin advises tenants, investors and owners on issues spanning leasing, financial analysis, dispositions, acquisitions and strategic planning. Recognized as a Costar Power Broker in Greater Boston, Kevin was nominated in 2016 for the Commercial Brokers Association “Rising Star” award and was awarded the R.W. Holmes Scholarship by SIOR.

Chuck Reilly, Vice President, Business Development, Dacon
Chuck Reilly

Chuck Reilly, Vice President, Business Development, Dacon

For 25 years Chuck has been responsible for generating over 30 million square feet of construction for life science, office, manufacturing, distribution and cold storage build-to-suit projects in New England. Working with projects ranging from $3MM to $35MM, Chuck advises clients on building solutions that contribute to long-term growth and success.

Alvaro Ribeiro, Director of Design, Dacon
Alvaro Ribeiro

Alvaro Ribeiro, A.I.A., Director of Design, PDA

Leading Dacon’s affiliate architecture group PDA, Alvaro is responsible for the overall design, material selection and client advisement on projects. Within his 20 year career as a registered architect, Alvaro has led teams to deliver productive spaces for medical device, psychometric testing, research and medical technology firms. His expertise is sought by developers interested in adding value through impactful design, repositioning and upgrading of existing assets.

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