Recently, a small delegation of Arrowstreet architects attended the Bisnow Life Sciences Summit. Jim Batchelor, our President and CEO, moderated one of two panels, which included recognized industry experts from a variety of perspectives who spoke on the strength of the Life Sciences industry in the Cambridge area and in Massachusetts. The panels included Tim Stoll of BioMed Realty Trust, Jeff Lockwood of Novartis, Pamela Norton of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, Chuck Pappalardo of Suffolk Construction Company, Peter Calkins of Forest City Boston, and Robert Beal of The Beal Companies. The discussion was inspiring, and affirmed many of the experiences we’ve had at Arrowstreet in recent years working with life sciences planning expert Dan Winny and our clients designing lab and office spaces. Both panels also provided a very optimistic perspective about today and long term expectations for the growth and development of this key industry in Massachusetts.
The room was packed with a powerhouse of life sciences companies, developers, contractors, engineers, and other representatives. These folks seemed pleased with the direction life sciences has continued to take in the area. Utility companies even stated that they wanted to give energy rebates away even faster than they are currently able to! Pam Norton also highlighted substantial amounts of money flagged by the state for investment.
Overall, this was a very informative and entertaining event.