ROCKVILLE, MD-The Consumer Product Safety Commission is moving its testing laboratory from a 9.5-acre outdated government-owned facility to lab space at 5 Research Place here. At 63,582 square feet, the 10-year deal is a full building lease in a facility owned by Alexandria Real Estate Equities. CBRE’s Frank Graybeal and David Palank are the brokers on record for the building. JLL represented GSA.

The government will be paying an annual gross rent of $2.58 million according to a GSA spokesperson. The agency is moving from a former Army “Nike” missile system site in Gaithersburg, MD that was built in 1975, he tells Its age and the fact that it was not built for the CPSC’s mission were the reasons why it opted to lease private sector space, he says.

“This procurement culminates extensive discussions between GSA and CPSC about how best to meet their needs for a modern testing facility,” regional commissioner Bart Bush with GSA’s National Capital Region, says in a prepared statement. “This new site will give them the space they need in up-to-date buildings.”

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