Health care developers NexCore Group and Hatchspaces have completed work on a new project which has transformed a nondescript office building in Irvine into a purpose-built life sciences facility.

The project, dubbed Hatchlabs at Irvine Spectrum, is located a short distances east of the I-5 freeway at 3 Burroughs. The two-story structure features approximately 39,000 square feet of wet lab space, much of which is already leased to companies including Skye Biologics Holdings, LLC, Seegene Technologies, and Phase Scientific Americas.

Interior of HATCHlabs @Irvine SpectrumNexCore Group

"We know it is a challenge for emerging life science companies to find space that functions at the highest technical level and delivers a quality creative environment," NexCore chief development officer Todd Varney in a news release. "With the recent increase in activity related to life sciences, driven in large part by the pandemic and vaccine development, delivering specialized and functioning facilities is more important than ever before. We were thrilled to work with Hatchspaces on this unique project in Orange County and look forward to continued, impactful collaborations."

The facility, built into a tilt-up style building, includes a two-story lobby with exposed wood beam ceilings, concrete floors, glass roll-up doors, conference rooms, and outdoor community spaces.

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BAM Creative and general contractor HITT also partnered on the project.

While the Irvine project involved the rehabilitation of an existing building, NexCore and Hatchspaces will soon move into ground-up construction. Last year, the two firms announced plans for a five-story, 100,000-square-foot life sciences facility at the intersection of Pico and Sepulveda Boulevards in Los Angeles.