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Life Science Real Estate Reaches New Heights in Research Triangle with New Spark Project According to Cushman & Wakefield

Jade Hubbard • 8/9/2022
RALEIGH-DURHAM, North Carolina, August 11, 2022 – The Life Science sector has seen increased investment and employment, driving life sciences related real estate to new heights in 2022, according to a 2022 Life Sciences Update published by Cushman & Wakefield.

Spark-RenderingThe commercial real estate services firm found that Life Sciences firms are attracted to major markets like the Research Triangle due to its extensive talent pool and stable business environment. Several have even announced plans to expand or develop new facilities. In total, the announcements reflect a $4 billion investment and the creation of 4,000 jobs, leading to numerous proposed projects (new construction and conversions) totaling approximately 8.2 million square feet. A new life science facility already on the horizon for the Research Triangle is the Spark LS development project, a 1.5 million square feet advanced life science campus in Morrisville, North Carolina set to deliver its first phase in mid-2023. Douglas Cook and Suzanna Nichols of Cushman & Wakefield will oversee leasing efforts for the entire project on behalf of the property owner, Trinity Capital Advisors.

“Trinity Capital is pioneering in developing a purpose-built life science campus of this scale, quality, and with lifestyle-oriented vibrancy. Spark will be the first of its kind for the Raleigh-Durham region and the go-to destination for life science in the Triangle,” said Cook, Managing Director at Cushman & Wakefield.

The Spark LS development project is set to break ground in September of this year. It will become the region’s largest mixed-use research development once complete and include up to 15 buildings, various connected green spaces, health-conscious retail partners on-site, an amenity center, and multiple outdoor recreation areas tailored for a variety of uses.

The life science campus will also be in the center of one of the nation’s most prominent communities for research and development, offering excellent access to Interstate 40 as well as the Raleigh-Durham Airport. Raleigh-Durham is one of the world’s largest life sciences clusters which is home to 569 of North Carolina’s 735 life sciences companies.
About Cushman & Wakefield
Cushman & Wakefield (NYSE: CWK) is a leading global commercial real estate services firm for property owners and occupiers with approximately 52,000 employees in nearly 400 offices and 60 countries. In 2023, the firm reported revenue of $9.5 billion across its core services of property, facilities and project management, leasing, capital markets, and valuation and other services. It also receives numerous industry and business accolades for its award-winning culture and commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), sustainability and more. For additional information, visit

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