In 2013, Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and the Whiting School of Engineering, introduced the community to the business accelerator, FastForward. As the name implies, company occupants are expected to grow quickly, occupying accelerator space for no more than two years. JHU’s initial accelerator was very successful and in late 2014, Facility Logix was awarded a contract to conduct a Feasibility Study for JHU’s development of FastForward @ 1812 Ashland.
In 2015, Facility Logix completed the Feasibility Study for JHU’s Technology Ventures and FastForward. The study considered and analyzed available lab space and rates, and industry density in the Baltimore, MD area as well as competing markets in Boston and San Francisco. Facility Logix helped design and plan a lab program that considered: lab areas, size, functions to be performed within the space, finishes and infrastructure requirements.
In 2016, Facility Logix was engaged to provide Project Management Services for the construction of the facility.
Facility Logix managed the process from the “start “developing the Request for Proposal for the construction General Contractor to “finish” of the space, managing and tracking construction progress for the duration of the project schedule. Facility Logix managed and monitored the permit progress, issued requests for proposals (AV, furniture, lab equipment), reviewed and analyzed bids and made recommendations for audio visual contractors, furniture vendors and for some lab equipment. Finally, Facility Logix managed the move of Technology Ventures, and some existing FastForward tenants occupying space in the adjacent FastForward hub within an extremely tight window of time limiting downtime for the end users.
The 23,000 sf FastForward space features 8,000 sf of office and meeting space and 15,000 sf of BSL2 wet lab space that also features supplies and equipment that start-up companies need. A center piece of the project is a “communicating” staircase that physically provides a reminder to occupants about adjacency, accessibility and collaboration between the two organizations.
Nineteen startups have moved in and represent fields ranging from telemedicine to cell therapies for cancer treatment. This is also a site for Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures team – co-locating internal and external groups in adjacent space required strategic planning, forethought and an understanding of complex organizations working within complex environments