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.