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).