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Rowan to hold Technology Park “topping off” ceremony

Rowan University and the board of directors of the South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University will host a “topping off” ceremony for the Samuel H. Jones Innovation Center, the first building to be constructed at the Technology Park, on Thursday, January 25, at 11 a.m.

A long-time tradition, a topping off marks the installation of the highest beam and the successful completion of the structural part of a building. Construction workers traditionally sign the last beam before it is placed, and other attendees at the Technology Park ceremony will be welcome to do so, also. The event is open to the public.

Located off Rt. 322 near the Rt. 55 interchange in Mantua Township, the Technology Park will provide competitively priced, first-class facilities for start-up and established companies to bring innovative technologies to the marketplace.  The 45,000-square-foot Samuel H. Jones Innovation Center will include a mix of laboratories, a technology business incubator and laboratory/office space for private technology-based firms and for Rowan sponsored research. The building is being developed by Lincoln Property Company, of Philadelphia; was designed by the architectural firm Ueland Junker McCauley Nicholson, of Philadelphia; and is being built by the construction management firm Skanska USA Building Inc., of Parsippany, N.J.

The mission of the Technology Park is to establish a technology-based entrepreneurial economy; expand and strengthen the unique research and learning environment of Rowan University; and create value for its surrounding communities in their economic, physical and social development.
The Technology Park is a public/private partnership that has received support from numerous organizations and individuals, including the New Jersey Economic Development Authority ($5.8 million), the Delaware River and Bay Authority ($5 million), the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology ($1.5 million), South Jersey businessman Samuel H. Jones ($1 million), the Rowan University Foundation ($1 million), the U.S. Small Business Administration ($500,000) and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs ($150,000).

Sam Jones donates $1M to South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University

South Jersey businessman, civic leader and philanthropist Samuel H. Jones has donated $1 million to the Rowan University Foundation to be earmarked for the construction of the first building of the South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University.

Edward Graham, chairman of the Rowan University Foundation and CEO of South Jersey Industries, made the announcement on Monday, September 25. The Technology Park Board of Directors, of which Jones has been a member since 2003, voted earlier on September 25 to name the first building the Samuel H. Jones Innovation Center. (Jones was not present for the vote.)
Jones, a former Woodstown resident who now lives in Mantua Township, has a long relationship with the University and said the donation will support its work in attracting entrepreneurs to South Jersey and educating tomorrow’s technology work force.

“The Technology Park is important for technology and growth in our region,” said Jones. “It will be a place for people with an entrepreneurial spirit to make things happen.”
An entrepreneur himself, Jones founded S-J Transportation Co., Woodstown, in 1971 and remains a consultant for the firm. Additionally, he is owner and president of S-J Venture Capital Co., Woodstown.  In addition to serving on the Technology Park board, he is chairman of the Salem Community College Foundation Board. He also serves on the boards of the businesses Viewpoint, Inc., New York City, and Fogg Enterprises, Carney’s Point. He was director of Woodstown National Bank & Trust Company (now The Bank); a member of the Salem County Utility Authority for 25 years; and a president of Tri-County Community Action Agency, Bridgeton.

His other business activities have included serving on the boards of MetaCreations, Inc., (now Viewpoint), New York City; Cardinal Technologies, Lancaster, Pa.; Symbus Technology, Inc., Waltham, Mass.; Fulton Financial Corporation, Lancaster, Pa.; Techmar, Inc., Canton, Mass.; and Jevic Transportation, Co., Delran.

Rowan President Dr. Donald Farish said of Jones’ gift, “We’ve received a great deal of government support for this project, but this is the first major gift from an individual. We’re grateful to Sam Jones not only for the financial contribution but also for his acknowledgement of the importance of the Technology Park to South Jersey.”

Added Dr. Philip A. Tumminia, chair of the Technology Park board, Rowan’s special assistant to the president/Advancement and the person Jones said sparked the contribution,  “Sam is very civic minded. His contribution will provide us with a cushion for the construction of the building that will ensure we’ll have a first-class facility.”

The gift is unique. “There have been very few gifts from individuals to research parks. Most grants to research parks have been awarded by federal, state and local governments, but very few parks have been the beneficiary of individual contributions, especially of this magnitude,” said Charles Dilks, consultant to the Technology Park; president of DilksConsulting, Philadelphia; former executive vice president of the University City Science Center in Philadelphia; and former president of the Association of University Research Parks.

Rowan University broke ground in April for the Technology Park’s first building, a 45,000-square-foot structure that will include a mix of laboratories, a technology business incubator and laboratory/office space for private technology-based firms and for Rowan sponsored research.

Located on Rt. 322 near the junction of Rt. 55 in Mantua Township, the Technology Park will provide competitively priced, first-class facilities for start-up and established companies to bring innovative technologies to the marketplace and serve as a home for researchers, inventors, entrepreneurs, professors and students.

Located about a mile from Rowan’s Glassboro campus, the Technology Park is expected to be a focal point for regional economic growth as it facilitates science and technology initiatives. The mission of the Technology Park is to establish a technology-based entrepreneurial economy; expand and strengthen the unique research and learning environment of Rowan University; and create value for its surrounding communities in their economic, physical and social development.

The Technology Park is a public/private partnership that has received support from numerous organizations, including the New Jersey Economic Development Authority ($5.8 million), the Delaware River and Bay Authority ($5 million), the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology ($1.5 million), the Rowan University Foundation ($1 million), the U.S. Small Business Administration (about $500,000) and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs ($150,000).

NJTC honors Rowan for excellence in technology education

The statewide New Jersey Technology Council has named Rowan University winner of its 2006 Excellence in Technology Education Award.

The Mt. Laurel-based organization recognized Rowan for its plans for the South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University and for its achievements in technology education in its Colleges of Engineering, Liberal Arts & Sciences and Business.

“Rowan is honored to be recognized by the New Jersey Technology Council. The council works diligently to maintain our state’s technology leadership role, and Rowan pursues the same goal,” said Dr. Donald Farish, president of Rowan.

Rowan University broke ground in April for the Technology Park’s first building, a 45,000-square-foot structure that will include a mix of laboratories, a technology business incubator and laboratory/office space for private technology-based firms and for Rowan sponsored research.
Located on Rt. 322 near the junction of Rt. 55 in Mantua Township, the Technology Park will provide competitively priced, first-class facilities for start-up and established companies to bring innovative technologies to the marketplace and serve as a home for researchers, inventors, entrepreneurs, professors and students.

Rowan’s Colleges of Engineering, Liberal Arts & Sciences and Business are recognized locally, regionally and nationally for outstanding programs and achievements in engineering, science and entrepreneurship. U.S. News & World Report recently ranked the College of Engineering as tied for 20th in its list of the nation’s best undergraduate engineering programs whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s degree. (The college’s chemical engineering, mechanical engineering and civil engineering programs ranked third, 10th and 11th in the nation, respectively, in the same category.)

NJTC will present the award to Rowan and awards to technology business leaders in the state at the Tenth NJTC Awards Gala on November 16 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, in Newark.

Moorestown resident James Tarangelo, of Sorgenti Investment Partners, Philadelphia, and a member of the Technology Park Board of Directors, nominated Rowan for the honor.

According to its website, NJTC provides business support, networking opportunities, information, advocacy and recognition of technology companies and their leaders. Founded in 1996, NJTC has more than 1,200 member companies that work together to support their own enterprises while advancing New Jersey’s status as a leading technology center in the United States. By collectively representing New Jersey’s various technology sectors and the institutions and service companies that support them, NJTC is an effective advocate of public policy that promotes economic growth in the state of New Jersey.

South Jersey Technology Park unveils conceptual plans Names Ueland Junker McCauley Nicholson architect for first building—the Innovation Center

The Board of Directors of the South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University on June 9 unveiled conceptual plans for the Innovation Center, the 45,000-square-foot first Technology Park building, for which ground will be broken in the fall.

“This is an exciting stage in the development of the Technology Park,” said Dr. Donald Farish, president of Rowan University and a member of the board of directors. “The conceptual plans provide a clear picture of the possibilities we have been envisioning from the start: a building that will provide wonderful facilities for research and development, a place for emerging and established businesses that want to call South Jersey home.”

The plans were developed by Ueland Junker McCauley Nicholson (UJMN), the Philadelphia-based firm that will be lead architect for the Innovation Center, which will be constructed at of Rts. 322 and 55 in Mantua Township.

UJMN is an award-winning architectural design firm with special expertise in the design of educational facilities, including science and technology laboratories. Since its founding in 1967, UJMN has achieved national recognition and received numerous design awards. A member of the Society for College and University Planning, the firm includes among its educational clients Villanova University, the University of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania State University, Seton Hall University and the University of Delaware.

“Retaining an architect is a major step toward the vision of the South Jersey Technology Park becoming a reality,” said Mel Baiada, vice chair of the Technology Park board and partner, Basecamp Ventures, Moorestown. “The board of directors is pleased with the progress the Technology Park administration is making and with the depth of experience Ueland Junker McCauley Nicholson brings to this effort.”

Designed to provide competitively priced, state-of-the-art facilities for start-up and established companies to bring innovative technologies to the marketplace, the Technology Park is expected to be a focal point for regional economic growth as it facilitates science and technology initiatives.

“Rowan University’s technology park will help the region transition from a manufacturing-based economy to one that is more technology based and entrepreneurial,” said Congressman Rob Andrews (D, Dist 1). “We have seen the model work time and again across the country. Companies that partner with universities through technology centers grow and tend to spin off new companies.  For South Jersey, this will translate into more jobs, higher-paying jobs and a business base that takes us well into the future.”

The newest university research park in New Jersey, the Technology Park is a public/private partnership that has received support from numerous organizations and individuals, including the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, the Rowan University Foundation, the Delaware River and Bay Authority, the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and the County of Gloucester.

“The creation of a technology center at Rowan is one of the most critical projects underway in our county and for that matter the region,” said Stephen Sweeney, state senator (D, Dist. 3) and chair of the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders. “It will give us the competitive advantage needed to convince companies to relocate to Gloucester County.”

Developer for the project is Lincoln Property Company, Philadelphia. Engineering firm Pennoni Associates Inc., Haddon Heights and Philadelphia, is handling civil engineering work for the project.  UJMN partner Robert W. McCauley, AIA, will be the lead architect on the Technology Park Innovation Center. He directs the firm’s architectural and planning projects for colleges and universities and is an active member of the Society for College and University Planning.

Ground is expected to be broken in fall 2005 for the Technology Park’s infrastructure. Construction of the Innovation Center is expected to begin in spring 2006. Cost for the infrastructure and building is projected at approximately $11 million.