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Life Sciences & Sustainability: Exploring Opportunities with Alexandria Real Estate

Q2 BSA Client Conversations April

Graphic identity by Katharine LiVolsi

  • COST

    1 session | $20, BSA Members; $40, Non-members

    Discounted 3-pack sessions are available: 3 sessions | $50, BSA Members; $100, Non-members

  • TYPE





    1 LU/HSW AIA credit available

Scientific research is one of the greatest drivers of the Boston economy. But, it is also one of the greatest drivers of greenhouse gas emissions. As the Commonwealth and cities like Boston, Cambridge and Somerville target carbon neutral, how will laboratory buildings achieve net zero emissions without putting the squeeze on this critical economic engine?

Join our conversation with Rick Malmstrom, Executive Director of Sustainability Operations in Greater Boston for Alexandria Real Estate. Alexandria is often considered to be the gold standard for life science development. They are also setting the gold standard for ultra-low emissions laboratory buildings. How are they achieving this impressive goal?

A two-pronged approach: The first strategy is to procure renewable energy to power the properties in their Greater Boston region. The second strategy is their pioneering work to develop ultra-low fossil fuel lab buildings. Now under construction in Kendall Square, Alexandria is building a 500,000 GSF core-shell lab that will approach fossil fuel free for space heating. Rick will be joined by Cathy Bell AIA, LEED, AP, Senior Associate at NBBJ, and Jacob Knowles, Director of Sustainable Design at BR+A Consulting Engineers, to describe the integrated design that will achieve this goal.

Rick Malmstrom
Executive Director - Sustainability Operations - Greater Boston, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.

Jacob Knowles
Associate Principal, Director of Sustainable Design, BR+A Consulting Engineers

Cathy Bell AIA, LEED, AP
Senior Associate, NBBJ


Carole Wedge FAIA LEED AP
CEO, Shepley Bulfinch

Client Conversation Series

The BSA Client Conversation series is focused around quarterly themes, spotlighting clients with not only their projects, but their strategies for managing change through development and investment during these complex times. Conversations will span a range of market sectors, and provide insight into the capabilities and skills clients look for when selecting a design team.

Sessions will be hosted by Carole Wedge FAIA LEED AP. Programs will take place the second Tuesday of every month and will be presented in different formats—from panel discussions to interviews, virtual tours and more.