Plans Unveiled for Phase 2 of Life Science and Technology Development in New Brunswick, New Jersey

SJP Properties and the New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO) have unveiled plans to develop H-2, the second phase of HELIX Health + Life Science Exchange in downtown New Brunswick, New Jersey. At a total cost of $731 million, HELIX is the largest investment in life sciences and medical education in New Jersey history, and represents the state’s life sciences industry and the demand for accessible laboratory space. Plans for H-2 call for a mixed-use building producing 600,000 square feet of purpose-built labs and offices. HDR is the lead architect and JLL will serve as the H-2 rental agent.

“New Jersey is one of the nation’s most important regions for the life sciences industry, with New Brunswick becoming a hotbed for biotech and pharmaceutical companies in recent years,” said Steve Pozycki, CEO of SJP Properties. “As more and more innovators enter the region, the location of their research and development facilities will be of paramount importance. With a prime location directly across from two major rail lines and situated within commuting distance of New York and Philadelphia, HELIX will provide exceptional access to talented labor, allowing its future tenants to attract professionals in the life sciences and technology industries. »

The project, which is being built in three phases, sits on a four-acre site near Rutgers University and the New Brunswick train station.

The first phase of HELIX, H-1, is currently under construction and will include 574,000 square feet, including the New Jersey Innovation HUB, the new home of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and a Rutgers Translational Research Facility equipped with a variety of labs to advance the work of 80 research teams and put Rutgers Health innovations into practice that will improve individual and public health. New Jersey Innovation HUB key partners include NJ Economic Development Authority, RWJBarnabas Health, Hackensack Meridian Health, Middlesex County, Rutgers University, Tel Aviv University and Atlantic Technological University of Galway, Ireland. The ground floor of H-1 will feature publicly accessible amenities and kiosks, including a 10,000 square foot market hall with dining options and a 3,000 square foot restaurant that opens onto a square 70 feet wide.

H-3, the final phase of HELIX, is proposed as a 42-story mixed-use building that includes additional offices and 220 housing units.

“We are establishing the county’s only ecosystem where academic researchers, private sector researchers, entrepreneurs, medical students and educators will cohabit in an environment of discovery and collaboration, where creative collisions can occur,” said Christopher Paladino, President of DEVCO.

HELIX will be adjacent to New Brunswick Station, which is set to undergo a $49 million renovation. The headquarters and regional offices of several major healthcare, pharmaceutical and life sciences companies, including Johnson & Johnson, Bristol Myers Squibb and Ascendia Pharmaceuticals, are also nearby. In addition to being adjacent to the Rutgers University campus, HELIX will also be within an hour’s drive of Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University.

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