Guardian Realty Investors Announces New Life Sciences Lab at 20400 Observation Drive, Germantown, MD BioBuzz

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GERMANTOWN, MD (AUGUST 2022) – Guardian Realty Investors, LLC announced its new life sciences laboratory location at 20400 Observation Drive, Germantown MD, known as OBSERVATION LABS. This reimagined former industrial and technological building will also offer extraordinary amenities, gathering spaces and top-notch finishing levels. Guardian is a developer and operator of office, multifamily and specialty facilities in the Washington, DC metro area.

“We are excited to open this new chapter in Germantown, Maryland, a market that is a major hub for life sciences and of which Guardian has been a part since the early 1980s. We originally constructed the building for a technology company and the conversion to a world-class solution for life sciences reinforces Guardian’s mission to provide cutting-edge real estate solutions,” said Tony LaBarbera, President and CEO of Guardian.

The fully updated facility was designed by Ewing Cole Architects and JennErik Engineering, Shoreline Construction carry out the renovations.

“These are three of the strongest partners in life sciences today,” LaBarbera noted.

The project will build approximately 15,000 square feet of ready-to-occupy suites ranging from 3,800 to 7,800 square feet deliverable in the first quarter of 2023. The property will also offer bespoke spaces up to 55,000 square feet.

Observation Labs plans to open for tenants at 20400 Observation Drive with private wet labs, high-end office space, and trophy-class conferencing, lounge, and dining facilities. Tenants will also have access to state-of-the-art lab equipment and Guardian’s DMV footprint. Shared equipment available includes reverse osmosis glass washer, ice maker and autoclave.

“Guardian is thrilled to welcome Observation Labs to our Germantown portfolio,” said Chris Hanna, Senior Director of Observation Labs and Guardian’s Adaptive Reuse Team. “Observation Labs’ approach to leveraging lab space, which drives innovation and growth from biotech startups to midsize life sciences companies, aligns perfectly with Guardian’s goal of create a complete, top-notch lab space.”

Please contact Chris Hanna at 434-305-8718 or JLL for rental opportunities and information. Or visit


About Guardian Real Estate Investors
For more than 50 years, Guardian has provided office, residential, flexible, medical and highly specialized real estate solutions for businesses in the Washington DC metro area. Guardian maintains relationships with leading architects, design professionals, MEPs and general contractors, ensuring the success of their strategic repositioning of high-value assets. Specialist construction experience includes SCIF, office to medical conversions and providing solutions for GSA tenants including the Secret Service, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, IRS, NRC, FDA, NIH and many state and local institutions. Guardian has successfully completed over $1.5 billion in total real estate transaction volume covering over 6 million square feet, including the creation and operation of three private real estate funds. The Company employs a team of 72 professionals and owns or manages a portfolio of approximately 2 million square feet of commercial properties. For more information, visit

About JLL
JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm specializing in real estate and investment management. JLL is shaping the future of real estate for a better world by using the most advanced technology to create rewarding opportunities, incredible spaces, and sustainable real estate solutions for our clients, associates, and communities. JLL is a Fortune 500 company with annual revenue of $19.4 billion, operations in more than 80 countries and a global workforce of more than 100,000 people as of March 31, 2022. JLL is the brand name and a registered trademark of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For more information, visit

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