ULI Boston: The Life Sciences Master Class


2021-04-08 - 2021-04-13

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    The ULI Boston/New England Young Leader’s Group is pleased to present a two-part Life Sciences Master Class. Life sciences has been a key driver in the Massachusetts economy and its growth has only accelerated.
    Students, Young Leaders and NEXT participants are eligible for registration to this program.
    Looking to dive a bit deeper, the Young Leaders Group seeks to engage the attendees with a more in-depth, instructional, and interactive two-part Master Class to provide an all-encompassing overview of the life sciences sector. This two-part series, hosted by Zoya Puri and Bobby Trickett, will cover the perspective of owners, users, designers, and builders to provide understanding of the requirements, challenges, and processes considered when developing and managing successful life sciences projects.
    On Thursday, April 8th, Roy Sandeman and McKenna Teague of CBRE will partner with Gretchen McGill and Duncan Gilkey of The Davis Companies to discuss what goes into the purchase, management and sale of an Life Science asset. They will walk the audience through the acquisition, leasing, and disposition of life science developments, highlighting decisions which led to a life science boom in the Boston market.
    The following Tuesday, April 13th, Eric Libby of Wise Construction, along with Edwin Hargrave of TRIA Design will flip the perspective towards the design and construction of life sciences. The numbers work, but what makes up the physical space and how do we get it built? With numerous categories, regulations and specification requirements, here is an opportunity to learn from industry experts about what qualifies a space as life sciences.



    Eric Libby

    Wise Construction Corp

    Working in some of Greater-Boston’s most sensitive healthcare and biotech spaces, Project Executive Eric Libby has proven repeatedly there are no logistics too complex to overcome. Actively involved in field operations, he is a strong problem solver and communicator who successfully utilizes the latest technologies to multi-task between planning, scheduling, and organizing. His creativity and ability to think outside constraints while utilizing the latest methods building practices have brought him to work alongside some of the area’s largest institutions and corporations, including Merk Millipore, Living Proof, Boston Children’s Hospital, Forsyth, Takeda, and Watts Technologies. In his spare time, Eric gives back to the community through Pan Mass Challenge, Make-A-Wish, and through working as a coach with Georgetown’s Youth Soccer and Flag Football teams.


    Gretchen McGill

    The Davis Companies

    In her role as Vice President, Construction, Gretchen is responsible for the design and construction of development projects to ensure that they are executed within The Davis Companies’ guidelines. With over 20 years’ experience working for such notable firms as Trammell Crow Company (Vice President) and Boston Properties (Senior Construction Manager), Gretchen has been involved in every facet of development and construction management. Prior to joining The Davis Companies, she held the position of Senior Program Manager at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, MA, where she was responsible for managing permitting, environment and infrastructure planning, and pre-construction for a $360 Million semi-conductor laboratory and micro-integration facility. In addition to the Firms above, Gretchen worked for Community Builders as a Construction Manager and for Shawmut Design and Construction as Project Executive. Her depth of experience with complex construction and development projects makes her well suited to handle the development and construction challenges at our Firm. Gretchen holds a Master Degree in Emergency Management from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Economics from Boston University. She also holds Certificates in Real Estate Finance and Development from MIT, Building and Construction Technology from Northeastern University and Environment Management from Bentley College. In addition, Gretchen is a LEED Accredited Professional and holds a Massachusetts construction supervisor’s license. She is a member of CREW Boston and is a Board Member of All Hands & Hearts Smart Response, Inc.


    Zoya Puri

    Vice President, Beacon Capital Partners

    Zoya Puri is Vice President for Development/Capital at Beacon Capital Partners focusing on both new development and repositioning of life science assets, as well as capital projects. Prior to joining Beacon, she served as Senior Development Manager at Wynn Design and Development, and led off-site developments for the Encore Boston Harbor resort, the largest private development in Massachusetts. She holds a MSRED from MIT, a MLA from RISD, and a B.Arch from Sushant School of Art and Architecture. She is the Co-Chair for ULI Boston’s Real Estate Technology Council, and the President of the Board of Directors of Congress for the New Urbanism - New England (CNU-NE).


    McKenna Teague


    McKenna joined CBRE/New England in February 2018 and currently serves as a Vice President with the CBRE/NE Consulting Group. She specializes in tenant assignments and landlord representation in the Cambridge market. McKenna has assisted an array of clients with their commercial real estate strategy ranging from major corporations to start-up and venture-backed growth companies. Prior to joining CBRE/NE, she worked as an Assistant Vice President at Transwestern |RBJ.


    Duncan Gilkey

    Senior Vice President, The Davis Companies

    As Senior Vice President – Asset Management & Director of Leasing, Duncan is responsible for developing and implementing leasing and asset management strategies for the firm. Duncan has over 25 years of experience in the management, marketing and leasing of commercial real estate. Prior to assuming his current position as Senior Vice President with TDC in 1999, Duncan was Vice President and General Manager of Merchandise Mart Properties, a division of Vornado Realty Trust. Prior to the acquisition by Vornado, he was President of the Boston Design Center for a TDC-affiliated company. Formerly, Duncan was President of the Washington Design Center & Office Center, VP of Sales & Marketing for furniture manufacturer Doxey Furniture in North Carolina and previously Assistant Treasurer for Bankers Trust Company in New York City. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Washington College, Maryland. Mr. Gilkey is a member of NAIOP and is a member of a National NAIOP Forum, and also a member of CoreNet Global.


    Bobby Trickett

    Student, Boston University

    Bobby Trickett is currently assisting owners in the multifamily sector with underwriting and due diligence needs through Virtus Advisory, LLC. Bobby has taken coursework including MIT School of Architecture and Planning, Boston University’s Real Estate Certificate Program and has a bachelor’s degree from Randolph Macon College where he played NCAA football. His prior experience includes construction management with CM&B, property management as well as account executive in the aerospace industry. He is Argus certified and has his Massachusetts real estate license. Bobby's industry participation includes ULI’s Young Leaders Group as well as the Real Estate Finance Association’s mentoring program.


    Roy Sandeman

    First Vice President, CBRE Capital Markets

    Roy Sandeman joined the CBRE Capital Markets team in 2018 and serves as First Vice President. The team provides a broad range of services including investment sales, equity placement, structured financing, and strategic advisory work. Roy is responsible for valuation analysis and transaction execution in the office, industrial and life sciences spaces. Prior to joining CBRE, Roy was a Vice President on Transwestern | RBJ’s Capital Markets team, a company he served for 7.5 years. Roy has transacted more than $2 billion in total sales transactions in office, industrial and life science properties, and has received several awards including CBA’s Industrial Deal of the Year. Originally from Scotland, Roy has worked in the United Kingdom and Norway, and volunteers with many initiatives, including youth soccer. Prior to his commercial real estate career, Roy played professional soccer in the United Kingdom.


    Edwin Hargave


    Edwin Hargrave, AIA is Director of Integrated Design, Science and Technology, Associate Principal at TRIA, an architecture and design firm focused on creating spaces that advance scientific discovery. He has over 30 years of experience planning and designing research and educational science facilities with a focus on collaboration and interaction leading to discovery.