Gateway Park at WPI
Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s (WPI) Gateway Park is a growing center of research, innovation and commerce.
Originally developed as a joint venture with the Worcester Business Development Corporation (WBDC), WPI became the sole owner of Gateway Park in 2010 and is pursuing the build-out of the park in partnership with companies ready to invest in the region.
The flagship complex at Gateway Park is WPI’s 125,000 square-foot Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center, which opened in 2007 and is fully occupied with graduate research laboratories, life science companies, state-of-the-art core facilities, and WPI’s Corporate and Professional Education division.
Gateway Park is located in downtown Worcester, at the intersection of routes 190 and 290. It is a master-planned, 12-acre park that envisions five buildings totaling 500,000 square feet of flexible laboratory and office space for a range of research and commercial activities. Gateway has a 660-space parking garage and more than 200 surface parking spots to accommodate the needs of further development.
Gateway Park has been recognized as a national model of environmental stewardship and urban redevelopment. In 2007, the park won the prestigious Phoenix Award for its successful redevelopment of an old industrial site. Also in 2007, the U.S. Department of Commerce gave Gateway Park the Excellence in Economic Development Award for Urban or Suburban Economic Development. In 2008, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts designated Gateway Park as the anchor for the state’s first Growth District, a new initiative to accelerate job creation in locations that are primed and ready for development.