Trammell Crow Company (TCC) broke ground on Fulton Labs, a best-in-class laboratory facility that is being developed to help solve chronic lab space shortage throughout the Chicago region. Fulton Labs is located at 400 N. Aberdeen Street, in the Fulton Market District, Chicago’s fastest-growing neighborhood and one of the hottest tech markets in the country.
The 423,454-square-foot facility will span 16 floors, including 12 floors of advanced wet and dry lab space. The facility is designed to offer researchers the flexibility they need with features like column-free and long-span layouts and lab space that meets VC-A vibration criteria, which is important for researchers as they strive for reproducible results.
“Illinois is home to a massive biopharma concentration, one of the largest tech talent pools in the United States and some of the best research universities on earth,” said Governor J.B. Pritzker. “I’m committed to building an Illinois economy that creates jobs and expands access to prosperity—and the life science industry is a critical asset to that vision. Fulton Labs brings over 400,000 square feet of best-in-class lab facilities to Illinois, and I’m proud to welcome this expansion to our biotech ecosystem in this critical moment for innovation in the life sciences and healthcare.”
Chicago’s life science sector is prime for growth with its abundance of major research institutions, universities and Fortune 100 life science companies. Further, the region is home to a qualified and highly educated labor force and provides a low cost of doing business compared to other peer cities.
“We listened to the needs of the Chicago life science community when designing Fulton Labs,” said Grady Hamilton, managing director of TCC’s Midwest business unit. “From startups to established global companies, we wanted to create a space that provides the flexibility and room for growth that our prospective tenants need to expand their R&D capabilities.”
Fulton Labs is a great example of the collaboration between the business and life science communities to invest and build a foundation to fuel growth in Illinois. It will be a cutting-edge facility that will nurture the scientific community and provide a home to drive innovation and discovery. To facilitate this, TCC has partnered with Portal Innovations, a life sciences start-up incubator founded by John Flavin, to dedicate space as a launchpad for early stage companies.
“Chicago and specifically Fulton Market, has the top-tier talent, academic institutions and infrastructure to be a premier life sciences hub” said Flavin. “Portal Innovations will assemble these components and enable start-up companies to bridge scientific ideation and entrepreneurship to deliver breakthrough biomedical technologies and improve health and wellness.”
“Chicagoland’s life sciences ecosystem has long been punching below its weight,” said Dan Lyne, senior vice president at CBRE and co-founder of MATTER and 1871. “With less than two percent vacant lab space, our Chicago-based clients have been forced to establish research and development operations on the coasts. But with this new facility, biotech innovators will have access to the world-class space their researchers deserve, at just a fraction of the cost of other top-tier markets.”
Sara Spicklemire, a senior vice president with CBRE is marketing the project for lease.