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Alexandria Real Estate Equities Creates Supportive Campus


Pasadena, CA-based Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc. has pioneered a fully integrated campus to house a comprehensive care model providing the full continuum of care for people suffering from opioid addiction while also revitalizing the community.

As the strategic real estate partner in this mission-critical initiative, Alexandria is leading the design and development of a state-of-the-art campus for OneFifteen in Dayton, Ohio. The 59,000 RSF campus, situated on 4.3 acres, will include dedicated facilities for rehabilitation, sober living, family reunification and community transition. The campus’s spaces for inpatient residential and outpatient clinical care will open this summer, and the full campus is expected to be completed in 2020. Launched earlier this year by Kettering Health Network, Premier Health and Verily, OneFifteen is a novel non-profit ecosystem dedicated to the full and sustained recovery of people living with opioid addiction. Vital to its unique model of care, Verily is integrating a learning health system that aims to address information gaps in addiction treatment.

“Our country is in the midst of a devastating opioid epidemic — the public health issue of our lifetime,” said Joel S. Marcus, executive chairman and founder of Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. “At Alexandria, our mission is to advance human health by creating clusters and campuses that enable innovators to cure disease, improve nutrition and enhance the quality of people’s lives, and we could not stand idly by in the face of this monumental crisis. This is an extremely heartfelt undertaking for us. We sincerely hope that OneFifteen’s distinctive and integrated approach will give people suffering from addiction an opportunity to live healthier, more productive lives and will drive superior outcomes. While the initial focus is on Dayton, OneFifteen is establishing a sustainable program with the potential to act as a model of care for opioid addiction treatment and be replicated by others in communities across our nation.”

Unintended overdoses are now the leading cause of death in Americans under 50 years old, with two out of three drug overdose deaths involving an opioid. In 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that more than 115 people died every day in the United States from an opioid overdose, and that number continues to increase. Alexandria and Verily, along with their partners and community collaborators in the greater Dayton region, are committed to reversing this trajectory. Dayton was selected as the location of OneFifteen due to its having one of the highest per capita overdose death rates in the United States. In recent years, Montgomery County and the City of Dayton have made significant efforts to tackle this issue and reduce overdose deaths. OneFifteen looks to further the community’s response to opioid use disorder.

“Addiction touches us all in some way, and I am grateful to be part of the team working to build a campus centered around improving people’s lives,” said Stephen Pomerenke, vice president of real estate development and design at Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. “Our shared vision with Verily to create an optimal campus environment to address the many unmet needs of people in recovery has guided our design philosophy for the OneFifteen campus. Recognizing that recovery is not a linear path, but a continual process, we have anchored the campus around a curved pathway connecting all of the experiences and elements of the OneFifteen ecosystem.”