Our partnership with SJP Properties focused on rehabilitating the existing building to create the new Liberty Innovation Center at 95 Greene Street, newly-designed to attract biotech startups, life science researchers, and healthcare innovators. Jersey City’s proximity to New York and its metropolitan area’s pool of talent and significantly lower rents make it an ideal location for companies of all types. Plus, the building’s history as a factory means that its existing infrastructure is ideal to meet the heightened requirements of this tenant type. Floors will be more open, have the capacity to handle heavier loads, and are easily configurable for different types of tenants – it has what you’d call “good bones.” SJP recognized all of this and called on us to help them activate the building’s potential.
The adaptive reuse design of the 350,000-square-foot facility strips the building down to its skeleton to create open areas for flexible buildouts that meet the varied, yet specific, needs of techies, researchers, and scientists. The renovation encompasses exterior and interior improvements to the building, including upgrading mechanical systems and technology capabilities. Overall, we pushed design in a distinct direction for this project target SJP’s ideal tenants.