Life Science

Andover Office-to-Lab Conversion Underway

600 Federal St.

Andover, MA – Celera Properties recently acquired 600 Federal St. in Andover, intending to convert the entire 120,000sf building, comprised of mostly office space, into lab-ready space. Celera hired Timberline Construction Corporation for the office-to-lab conversion.

Later this year, there will be two fully functional spec lab suites available with 50/50 office to lab space. The space is being outfitted with new supply and exhaust air handling units, pH neutralization facilities and connections, and a new boiler plant.

“We are thrilled to be delivering the first phase of our project in Andover, at 600 Federal St., later this year, and with our partner True North Management Group, have assembled a great project team,” says Brian Carlisle, principal and founder of Celera Properties. “We knew Timberline would be able to navigate the current challenges of budgeting for, purchasing and scheduling equipment to deliver high-quality life science space.”

Recently, supply chain issues have made things like HVAC units and lab casework harder to get. “To progress the project along, while being faced with lead time issues around major equipment, we are working with Celera to accelerate fundamental project scope in order to uphold their timeline,” says Jim Davis, director of preconstruction at Timberline. “We quickly focus on what we can get done versus waiting on the supply chain to catch up.”

The lab fit-out is being designed by Vivo Architecture, and AHA Engineers is the MEP partner on the project. JLL Boston is the leasing broker on the property. The project is expected to be completed this fall.