PHILADELPHIA, PA – Wexford Science + Technology, a BioMed Realty company, and the University City Science Center today announced that Penn Medicine University City, has agreed to expand into an additional 56,000 s/f or two entire floors at the recently opened 3737 Science Center Building. With this lease expansion, anchor tenant Penn Medicine University City will occupy 267,800 s/f in the 13-story laboratory and office building at 3737 Market St. in West Philadelphia.
This 56,000 s/f expansion means that the 334,000 s/f building is now 100% leased. Penn Medicine has relocated its Orthopedics Outpatient Program and other groups to the 3737 Science Center location, and will be using the additional two floors for medical offices.
“3737 Market’s rapid lease up exemplifies the attractiveness of the Science Center as a location of choice for organizations in the innovation ecosystem,” said Science Center president and CEO Stephen Tang, Ph.D., MBA. “Penn Medicine University City is a valuable partner of the Science Center and we are delighted that we could accommodate their expansion needs.”
Wexford and the Science Center also announced that 3737 Science Center has achieved LEED Gold certification for its core and shell design. The building includes several unique design features focused on energy efficiency. For example, it is the first health care building in Pennsylvania to have a chilled beam system -- an advanced convection HVAC system designed to heat or cool large buildings.
In addition, Wexford and the Science Center implemented an extensive green roof system with a “white roof” membrane that more efficiently manages the challenging seasonal weather of Philadelphia while helping the building achieve the Heat Island Effect credit by reducing heat emissions from the building. The building also implemented a storm water management strategy to efficiently handle storm rain without overburdening the city’s sewer system.
“We are proud that our 3737 Science Center building has received the prestigious LEED Gold certification because we understand that importance of providing the most energy efficient environment for tenants, such as Penn Medicine University City, which need 24/7 uptime,” said Joseph Reagan, vice president of development for Wexford Science + Technology. “We are excited that our plan to use innovative design solutions such as the chilled beam system is seen as a benefit to our tenants, the West Philadelphia community and our environment.”
Developed jointly by Wexford and the Science Center, 3737 Science Center provides approximately 334,000 s/f of premier laboratory and office space at the epicenter of Philadelphia’s renowned “eds and meds” community that is home to the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, as well as The University of Pennsylvania Health System, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of the Sciences and The Wistar Institute.