Millbrae, CA — Longfellow Real Estate Partners, one of the largest privately held investors and developers of life science buildings in the United States, today celebrated the groundbreaking of Avia Labs at Millbrae Station. Located in the emerging Bay Area submarket of Millbrae, the new 315,000 square-foot Class A lab and office project will replace a former vacant storage facility with the first all-electric life science campus in California.
Centrally located within the San Francisco Peninsula – just steps away from the Millbrae Transit Center, one of the largest transit hubs on the west coast, and San Francisco International Airport – the new campus will offer unparalleled access to transit, world-renowned universities and key industry hubs from San Francisco to Palo Alto.
“Millbrae’s transit-oriented location and proximity to world-class institutions make it the ideal site for a new purpose-built life science hub,” said Lauren McDermott, Longfellow Managing Director, San Francisco. “We look forward to following through on our vision for this site as a state-of-the-art facility, built with ESG at the forefront and designed to meet the demands of academic research institutions and biotech companies large and small.”
With LEED Gold and Fitwel Certifications, Longfellow’s ground-up design emphasizes not only energy efficiency but quality of life for tenants, who will benefit from natural light reaching all sides of the buildings, and access to a suite of campus amenities: including a fitness center, large conference spaces, bike storage, a terrace overlooking the city with beautiful mountain views and a publicly accessible café to welcome members of the Millbrae community.
“The Bay Area remains one of the crucial global hubs for life science innovation within our international portfolio. As we continue to expand our presence in the region, we look forward to delivering ground-up projects that are built to accommodate the robust requirements of our tenants.” said Longfellow Co-Founder & CEO Adam Sichol. “Avia Labs will not only provide top-quality lab and office space but reflect Longfellow’s commitment to environmental sustainability across our portfolio.”
Groundbreaking on Avia Labs marks a milestone in Longfellow’s continued growth in the Bay Area since its entry to the market in 2018. With over 2.5 million square feet of existing space and another 2.5+ million square feet of development in the pipeline, Longfellow has key developments throughout the region in locations such as Palo Alto, Redwood City, San Francisco, and Emeryville.
Longfellow currently has a total investment and development portfolio of approximately 16.5 million square feet and over $10 billion in total asset value, with large footprints in the most dynamic centers for the biotech industry including San Diego, Boston, Research Triangle of North Carolina, the United Kingdom, and more.
About Longfellow Real Estate Partners
Longfellow Real Estate Partners is a real estate investment company founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 2009. With over 200 employees in bio-innovation clusters across the US and UK, Longfellow partners with renowned universities and pioneering life sciences and technology companies to help bring visionary ideas to life. Driven by a passion to support those working to advance the human condition, Longfellow continues to grow and expand in the name of scientific progress.