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Building Ecosystems for Innovation and Sustainability



Q&A with Scott Mazo

Founder & CEO at University Place Associates





Q: Can you share the vision behind 3.0 University Place and its unique features that cater to the Life Sciences industry?


Mazo: Certainly. The vision for 3.0 University Place is rooted in our commitment to fostering innovation within the life sciences sector. It's more than a building; it's a purpose-built environment that seamlessly integrates cutting-edge laboratory facilities with a strong focus on sustainability and well-being. Our goal is to provide a conducive space that meets the specific needs of life science companies, enabling them to push the boundaries of research and development for the long-term, not just for their first lease term. Scientific integrity and excellence matters. The purpose-built laboratory facility at 3.0 University Place has been designed with careful consideration for its infrastructure, ensuring that we have a product that is prepared for future needs and advancements.



Q: How does 3.0 University Place contribute to the thriving Life Sciences community in University City?


Mazo: University City is already a dynamic hub for life sciences, and 3.0 University Place serves as a catalyst for further growth. By offering world-class lab facilities and promoting collaboration, we aim to attract top-tier life science companies and institutions. This strengthens the existing life sciences corridor and positions University City as a global leader in advancing research and development within the industry.



Q: In what ways do you envision 3.0 University Place contributing to medical breakthroughs, particularly in the quest for finding cures?


Mazo: The influence of 3.0 University Place goes beyond its physical structure and exceptional lab infrastructure. It holds the potential to lead to groundbreaking discoveries, such as finding cures for diseases like cancer. Our unwavering commitment to innovation perfectly aligns with the overarching mission of the life sciences industry: enhancing and preserving lives through the relentless dedication and breakthroughs achieved by the world-class scientists at our local institutions.



Q: How does 3.0 University Place integrate sustainability into its design, and what positive effects does this have on the community and the environment?


Mazo: Sustainability is a core element of 3.0 University Place's design. Achieving both LEED and Well Platinum certifications underscores our commitment to environmental responsibility. Beyond the building, our approach extends to thoughtful infrastructure that benefits both the community and the environment. From green spaces to energy-efficient systems, we aim to set a new standard for sustainable development.




Q: How does the unique status of being the first LEED & WELL Platinum Lab Purposed building globally position 3.0 University Place as a leader in sustainable lab environments?


Mazo: Achieving both LEED and WELL Platinum certifications is an honor for us. It positions 3.0 University Place as a leader in sustainable lab environments globally. This accomplishment reflects our commitment to environmental responsibility and underscores our dedication to creating a space that prioritizes the health and well-being of its occupants. We believe it sets a new benchmark for future lab-purpose buildings.




Q: Can you elaborate on the collaborative aspects of 3.0 University Place and how it fosters synergy among professionals in the life sciences sector?


Mazo: Collaboration is integral to our design philosophy. 3.0 University Place is structured to encourage synergy among professionals in the life sciences sector. Shared spaces, communal areas, spec suites and a conducive environment for interdisciplinary collaboration create a hub where ideas can flourish. By fostering a collaborative culture into our building program, we hope to accelerate the pace of innovation within the life sciences community.



Q: How does 3.0 University Place aim to positively impact the local community beyond its role in the life sciences industry?


Mazo: Our commitment to social responsibility extends beyond the confines of the building. 3.0 University Place is designed to impact the local community positively. Through initiatives like community engagement, green spaces, and thoughtful programming, we aspire to contribute to the community's overall well-being. Our goal is to create a holistic development that benefits professionals within the building and the broader local neighborhood.



Q: Looking ahead, what aspirations do you have for the broader impact of 3.0 University Place on the future of commercial developments and life sciences research?


Mazo: Our aspirations for 3.0 University Place extend beyond its immediate impact. We envision it as a trailblazer, influencing the trajectory of local commercial developments and life sciences research. By setting new standards in sustainability, collaboration, and innovation, we hope to inspire future developments that prioritize both progress and the well-being of communities. 3.0 University Place is a testament to our ongoing commitment to shaping a future where excellence, sustainability, and positive community impact converge.



This feature was highlighted in a Philadelphia Business Journal piece focusing on Philadelphia business leaders addressing the life science industry.



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