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JLL Completes Development of Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience

World-renowned scientific research organization has moved into its first location outside of Europe, a 100,000-square-foot Class A research center at Florida Atlantic University.

JUPITER, FL., Dec. 6, 2012 – Jones Lang LaSalle announced today that development has been completed at the new Jupiter, Fla. state-of-the-art LEED Gold-certified research center for the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, the first U.S.-based institute of the Max Planck Society, a leading global scientific research organization based in Munich, Germany. Through basic research, the Florida Institute’s scientists are focused on the nervous system, its capacity to produce perception, thought, language, memory, action and emotion, and could lead to better research diagnostics and treatments for brain disorders.

Developed to attract world-class scientists and support sensitive advanced diagnostics equipment, the three-story, 100,000-square-foot facility includes 57,600 square feet of dedicated laboratory space and sits on six acres at Florida Atlantic University's John D. MacArthur Campus. The project was primarily funded by the State of Florida and Palm Beach County, which received more than $180 million in public funding, including $66 million for the construction of the facility itself.

Jones Lang LaSalle Project and Development Services served as program manager, overseeing development and construction of the project.  ZGF Architects LLP designed the building, while The Weitz Company and DPR Construction partnered to act as construction manager.

“It takes a highly technical and multi-disciplinary team to deliver a building with this level of sophistication on time and under budget,” said Ian Leveroni, Senior Project Manager, Jones Lang LaSalle. “We realized complex requirements for the three distinct research wings, including executing highly technical specifications for sensitive equipment and supporting regulatory compliance.”

Beyond Biology: Building Features and Design Drive Innovation, Collaboration
The build-to-suit facility provides an optimized environment for on-site bio-imaging, laser microscopy, wet- and dry-bench research, instrumentation, computational research and core imaging. The building structure provides high levels of stiffness and vibration isolation to enable sensitive imaging technologies, and is flexible to accommodate an evolving research mission.

Designed to foster productivity and collaboration, the building’s conference rooms, research library facilities, 100-seat auditorium, lounges and administration offices are centrally located around an open lobby that connects all three levels. A large atrium is directly connected to an outdoor terrace on the second floor and provides a central gathering space. Construction of the new facility also features outdoor seating, a 230-space surface parking lot and pedestrian-friendly pathways.

“The new building provides a dynamic environment for our scientists and research teams, promotes scientific ideas exchange in a flexible, open setting, and serves as a welcoming center for scientists from around the world who come to collaborate with our scientific community,” said Dr. David Fitzpatrick, Scientific Director and CEO of the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience.

The building has earned LEED NC 2.2 Gold certification with an energy consumption plan that not only meets the requirements of the U.S. Green Building Council's accreditation program, but also supplements laboratory-specific energy-use reduction recommendations from the U.S. Department of Energy's Lab 21 environmental performance criteria. This is accomplished through the inclusion of features such as external sunshades calibrated to provide ample daylight while minimizing heat and glare; an air-conditioning zoning strategy that reduces loads; energy recovery wheels that capture useable energy from building exhaust; and, dehumidification that contributes to the building's cooling system. Additionally, landscaping features drought-tolerant native species and irrigation will be provided by a municipal reclaimed water system.

Jones Lang LaSalle’s Project and Development Services (PDS) group employs more than 1,000 project management professionals across the country with expertise in occupancy planning, relocation and build-out, multisite program management, ground-up construction and complex redevelopments. PDS professionals advise on project initiation, planning, design, construction and closeout for single assignments or multiple projects across a portfolio, functioning as a manager or at-risk developer, overseeing some or all phases of the development process.

Jones Lang LaSalle has a team of real estate experts dedicated to helping Life Sciences companies optimize their real estate portfolios.  The firm provides a comprehensive range of facilities management services covering 70 million square feet of space including research, manufacturing and commercial sites with more than 1,000 staff on-site. As the life sciences industry changes, Jones Lang LaSalle’s experts continue to evolve to accommodate the changing environment that companies face.  The firm’s industry leading full-service platform includes: integrated facilities management, engineering and operations, energy and sustainability, transaction management, lease administration and project management.

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About Jones Lang LaSalle
Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL) is a financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate. The firm offers integrated services delivered by expert teams worldwide to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying or investing in real estate. With 2011 global revenue of $3.6 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle serves clients in 70 countries from more than 1,000 locations worldwide, including 200 corporate offices.  The firm is an industry leader in property and corporate facility management services, with a portfolio of approximately 2.1 billion square feet worldwide. LaSalle Investment Management, the company’s investment management business, is one of the world’s largest and most diverse in real estate with $47 billion of assets under management. For further information, please visit