South Jersey Technology Park retains construction firm

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The Board of Directors of the South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University and Lincoln Property Company have retained Skanska USA Building Inc. of Parsippany as construction manager for the Innova

The Board of Directors of the South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University and Lincoln Property Company have retained Skanska USA Building Inc. of Parsippany as construction manager for the Innovation Center, the first building to be constructed at the 188-acre Technology Park campus located in Mantua and Harrison townships.

Skanska, which currently is completing the Waterfront Technology Center project in Camden, is a leading provider of construction, preconstruction consulting, general contracting and design-build services in the United States. The firm numbers among its clients a diverse range of industries, including life sciences, healthcare, education, high-tech, aviation, transportation and sports and entertainment. Skanska is a recognized leader in sustainable development with more than 60 LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited staff members nationwide.

The 45,000-square-foot Innovation Center will include a mix of Rowan University research laboratories, a technology business incubator and laboratory/office space for private technology-based firms. The building will employ energy-efficient green building technologies and will be LEED certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Lincoln Property Company, of Philadelphia, is master developer of the Innovation Center, and Ueland Junker McCauley Nicholson, of Philadelphia, is lead architect for the project, which will be located at Rts. 322 and 55. Engineering firm Pennoni Associates Inc., of Haddon Heights and Philadelphia, is handling civil engineering work for the project, for which ground was broken in April.

As part of the announced terms, Skanska has been engaged to perform preconstruction services for the Innovation Center under the direction of Lincoln Property Company. Upon successful completion of the preconstruction phase, Skanska will be engaged as construction manager with a contract that will guarantee the maximum price and delivery date for the Innovation Center.

The Technology Park will provide competitively priced, first-class facilities for start-up and established companies to bring innovative technologies to the marketplace. 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), the Rowan University Foundation ($1 million), the U.S. Small Business Administration ($500,000) and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs ($150,000).

To learn more about the project, visit http://www.sjtechpark.com.

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