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Marine Industrial Park

Foundry at Drydock


Boston Seaport


Marcus Partners


228,000 sf

Project type

Science & Technology

Collaborating Architect


DREAM has been integral in helping us shape the design and vision for our Foundry at Drydock project, which has been designed to the City of Boston’s future Zero Net Carbon zoning standards.

Levi Reilly

Principal & Director of Development, Marcus Partners

DREAM has teamed on a joint venture with SGA to design two buildings for the Foundry at Drydock in Boston’s Seaport District. Working collaboratively with our client, Marcus Partners, the 228,000 sf life sciences campus will create a new home for Ginkgo Bioworks, building upon their existing footprint in the neighborhood and further solidifying the Seaport as a hub for the biotechnology industry. 

The two buildings will create a new home for 900 employees of Ginkgo Bioworks – which makes custom microbes for drug, cosmetic and food companies. The design is a modern interpretation of the district’s industrial vernacular, aiming to celebrate the Raymond L. Flynn Park’s industrial ecosystem while offering a forward-looking expression. An approximately 219,000 square foot life sciences/research and development building will be complemented by a 9,000 square foot adaptive reuse of an existing building to serve as amenity space for employees. Amenities will include diverse dining options, a bar/cafe space, soft flexible seating options and fixed tiered seating for company gatherings. Together, the buildings will create a new campus for this leader in the field of biology.

A welcoming courtyard between the two buildings will be open to the public and will create a pedestrian friendly and welcoming space. This accessible space will be enlivened with engaging graphics on both the buildings that will speak to the maritime history of the neighborhood and create an active new space for employees and visitors to enjoy.

Marcus Partners was the first development firm to join the City’s Climate Resiliency Infrastructure Fund, and the project is designed to achieve LEED Gold certification. The project is currently under construction, with completion in 2024.