SMMA and Atlantic Management master-planned one million square feet of life science space, securing approval from both state and town agencies. Our primary goal was to allow flexibility for future life science tenants, but within the constraints of development envelopes, to protect open space. One particular exercise involved studying the characteristics of the drainage patterns existent prior to any commercial development of the property, which had begun circa 1955, and subsequently designing infrastructure to recreate the pre-development water quality and quantities. The ultimate stormwater-management goal in 1955 remained unchanged in 2015: Protect the downstream water supply in the Hobbs Brook Reservoir.
An Incredible Journey on Behalf of Patients
SMMA was first introduced to the Lexington Technology Park campus in 2002, when our client, Atlantic Management, acquired the 95-acre property from Raytheon Corporation. From SMMA’s first site visit, we recognized the scope and importance of the property: It served as a global headquarters to Raytheon, and although the landscape and the buildings were of a different era, they were unique.
Atlantic Management was a careful steward of the property, and realized that its best re-use should respect the land’s character and value. The team began by reviewing the redevelopment options, ultimately arriving at the conclusion that commercial office, residential, retail, and hotel development were not the optimal land uses. We sought an alternative that better allowed protection of the most significant features of the landscape.
In 2005, we began the process of rezoning the property for life science purposes, the motivations for which related to both land and business use. At that time, the development team noted a migration of life science firms from their traditional bases to more suburban settings, and Lexington was an ideal community for relocation—well-served by infrastructure and home to many scientists and engineers.
The land use also was ideal, with high-value, small-footprint buildings and relatively low parking requirements. This allowed SMMA to master-plan the campus around much of the existing infrastructure, and to protect the most distinctive and valuable natural areas.
To attract tenants, SMMA was commissioned for new design and renovations of the existing Raytheon headquarters. SMMA’s scope included architectural and site design, including design of the signature interior courtyard.