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22Q2 Boston Lab Market Report

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Key Takeaways

  • Vacancies remain very low, despite macroeconomic headwinds.
  • Large deals continued to get announced in the first half of 2022 and will support future development.
  • With tens of millions of square feet either underway or proposed, the construction pipeline is the largest in the nation.

At about 3%, availabilities in the Boston metro’s life science sector are very healthy. More than 2.1 million square feet of space was absorbed in the first half of 2022 as companies continued to set up shop or expand their local footprints. Boston, Cambridge, and the Suburbs all had net increases of occupied space in the first half of the year.

However, due to both space givebacks and some new projects not yet being fully committed, availabilities have ticked up in three consecutive quarters. Macroeconomic factors such as inflation, rising interest rates and the tight labor market are impacting businesses of all types. For the life science sector, company valuations and the ability to raise funds needed for growth are also concerns that have arisen in recent months. Still, there are millions of square feet worth of tenants in the market looking for space.


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22Q2 Boston Lab Market Report

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