Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn, NY
Newlab is a multi-disciplinary, high-tech design and prototyping center that opened in 2016 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. DBI led the development and project management of Newlab from conceptual planning and financing through completion. We engineered the Public-Private Partnership between the developer, Macro Sea, the property owner, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp, as well as the State of New York through the Empire State Development Corporation and the City of New York through the Brooklyn Borough President, the City Council and the Economic Development Corporation (EDC). We also managed the project’s pre-development, entitlements, construction, and closeout phases.
Our transformation of the historic factory into a high-tech facility became the centerpiece of the Navy Yard’s initiative to become a national model for sustainable industrial parks. The community today includes over 500 entrepreneurs, engineers, and designers representing over 100 different growth-stage NYC startup companies. Disciplines range from robotics, connected devices, A.I., urban tech, nanotechnology, built environment, and additive tech to energy and life sciences, encompassing New York City’s leading companies working in advanced technologies.