These research laboratories are positioned to attract top talent

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The tendency for tenants to leave less–desirable buildings in favor of more attractive ones, a phenomenon known as flight to quality, is a growing force in the life sciences. According to global real estate services company JLL, “Tenants are prioritizing purpose-built, well-amenitized space in the best possible locations.”

In other words, bustling urban areas that offer entertainment, dining, and shopping in addition to housing and employment options are real attractors, particularly in an industry that relies on in-person work. Unlike office buildings, where teams from different companies rarely mingle, tenants in an R&D building—even one hosting many different commercial enterprises—tend to seek each other out, collaborate, and create a community.

Here are four lab buildings that offer cutting-edge, flexibly designed research facilities in addition to connections to the broader community and a lively mix of services and activities at the workplace and beyond.

  • Kendall Square Initiative in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Center in Chicago, Illinois
  • Element Labs, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Innolabs in Long Island City, New York


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