Forest City | Science + Technology Group

The Facility

Translational Research Lab at the
University of Pennsylvania

125 South 31st Street
Philadelphia, PA  19104

The Translational Research Lab was developed & constructed on a fast track basis allowing Penn to take occupancy on an expedited basis

On behalf of the University of Pennsylvania, Forest City converted an abandoned industrial facility located near the Penn campus into state-of-the-art, flexible and efficient laboratory facilities to support research programs affiliated with Penn's schools of Medicine and Engineering. This 122,000 square foot facility is owned and operated by Forest City and was developed and constructed on a fast track, allowing Penn to take occupancy on an expedited basis.

Forest City ground leased the site from Penn, constructed a new second story within and on top of the original structure, designed a skylight atrium that organizes the building and transforms the public space within, installed the infrastructure necessary to support cutting-edge research, and master leased the building back to Penn for its use. Forest City also provided a Leasehold Improvement Allowance of $140 psf for construction of all the research labs and supporting facilities, capturing nearly all the costs of the new facility within a single financial structure. A long-term bondable lease minimized debt service and enabled Forest City to establish a lower rent for Penn. Working closely with Penn, we were also able to control the effect of the lease on Penn's balance sheet.

Facilities include:

  • 15,000 sf vivarium
  • 77,100 sf laboratory
  • 29,900 sf office

UPenn Sub-tenants include:

  • Center for Sleep
  • Center for Neurobiology & Behavior
  • Tissue Microfabrication Lab
  • Division of Medical Genetics Gene Therapy Lab