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New York Academy of Sciences Signs Lease at 7 WTC

 
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New York Academy of Sciences Signs Lease at 7 WTC


Preeminent Scientific Institution to Take 40,000 SF on 40th Floor

NEW YORK, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- World Trade Center developer Larry A.
Silverstein and New York Academy of Sciences President Ellis Rubinstein today
announced that the internationally renowned academy has signed a 15-year,
40,000 sq. ft. lease for the entire 40th floor at 7 World Trade Center. The
academy's new headquarters will be approximately one block from where it was
originally founded in 1817.
"It seems almost providential that the New York Academy of Sciences is
returning to its original neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, mere footsteps from
where eight doctors created what has become one of the world's finest
scientific institutions," said the Academy's President, Ellis Rubinstein. "As
was the desire of those original founders, it is our mission to advance the
understanding of science, technology, and medicine by embracing the future.
With this move, we are continuing that mission while making a major commitment
to the continuing revitalization of Downtown by making our new home in one of
New York's best new locations."
Founded by doctors from Physicians and Surgeons, then independent of
Columbia University and New York City's only M.D.-granting institution, the
Academy is one of New York's oldest institutions. Former members have included
Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Louis Pasteur, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas
Edison, Thomas Jefferson, James Watson, as well as most of the leading New
York scientists of every era.
"We are pleased to welcome the New York Academy of Sciences to 7 World
Trade Center, in what is the first of many leases to come in the future thanks
in part to the incentive package recently enacted by government," said Mr.
Silverstein. "This organization and the many that will follow them to the
World Trade Center site will help bring a renewed vigor and vitality to the
neighborhood and hasten its transformation into a dynamic, mixed-use, 24/7
community. While Lower Manhattan will always be recognized as the world's
leading financial center, it is quickly becoming a magnet for all different
kinds of businesses and organizations."
Today, with more than 24,000 members in 140 countries, the Academy counts
among its Board of Governors and President's Council the current and two
preceding Nobel-Prize-winning Presidents of Rockefeller University, 20 other
Nobelists and the chairmen, CEOs and presidents of world-renowned companies,
academies and national funding agencies. The Academy, which was represented in
the transaction by the CB Richard Ellis team of Mary Ann Tighe, Tim Sheehan
and Ken Meyerson, will occupy its new space beginning in the Spring of 2006.
"Today's decision by the Academy, one of the world's foremost institutions
of scientific collaboration and exploration, marks a significant addition to
the dynamic fabric of the new Downtown. It is fitting for this leading-edge,
future focused organization to make its new home in the newest and most
technologically advanced property on the Downtown skyline," said Mary Ann
Tighe, Chief Executive Officer of the New York Tri-State Region of CB Richard
Ellis.
The Academy's new home will include a world-class conferencing center in
the space that will host major international conferences throughout the year
on the most pressing current scientific issues. Additionally, scientists from
the Tri-State area's foremost research institutions will use the space to
discuss recent work in one of the 20 or more sections or discussion groups the
Academy has made famous.
The law offices of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson served as the
Academy's legal advisor on the transaction, while Skadden, Arps, Slate,
Meagher & Flom assisted Silverstein Properties. CBRE's Global Chairman Steve
Siegel, exclusive leasing agent for the building, represented Silverstein
Properties.

About the New York Academy of Sciences
Since 1817, the New York Academy of Sciences has been bringing together
scientists of different disciplines from around the world. Their purpose is to
advance the understanding of science, technology, and medicine, and to
stimulate new ways to think about how their research is applied in society and
the world.

About Silverstein Properties
Silverstein Properties is a Manhattan-based real estate development and
investment firm that has developed, owns and manages more than twenty million
square feet of office, residential and retail space.
In July 2001, Silverstein completed the largest real estate transaction in
New York history by acquiring the 10 million sq. ft. World Trade Center, only
to see it destroyed by terrorist attacks six weeks later on September 11,
2001. Silverstein has committed to the redevelopment of the World Trade Center
site.

About CB Richard Ellis
CB Richard Ellis (NYSE: CBG), a FORTUNE 1000 company headquartered in Los
Angeles, is the world's leading commercial real estate services firm (in terms
of 2004 revenue). The company serves real estate owners, investors and
occupiers by offering strategic advice and execution for property leasing and
sales; property, facilities and project management; corporate services; debt
and equity financing; investment management; valuation and appraisal; research
and investment strategy; and consulting. Including partners and affiliates,
the company has over 300 offices in more than 50 countries around the world.
Please visit our Web site at http://www.cbre.com.



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