Rowan tops off first building of Technology Park

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Rowan University marked a milestone in the construction of the South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University when it held a topping off ceremony for the Samuel H. Jones Innovation Center, the first

Rowan University marked a milestone in the construction of the South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University when it held a topping off ceremony for the Samuel H. Jones Innovation Center, the first building in the complex, on January 25.

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.

Close to 100 Rowan and Technology Park officials, Rowan faculty and staff, donors, construction workers and friends of the Technology Park added their John Hancocks in colorful signatures to the beam before it was hoisted, complete with a traditional evergreen tree and American flag, to the top of the building.

Dr. Donald Farish, president of Rowan University, said the day was an exciting one for a project that can have a major impact on the economy of South Jersey. "The Technology Park has the potential to, in a very fundamental way, change the economy of the entire region," Farish said after the ceremony.

Noted Dr. Philip Tumminia, chair of the Technology Park Board of Directors and special assistant to the president/Advancement, "Rowan University and its South Jersey Technology Park Board of Directors are to be commended for their vision and dedication to the future."

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, Philadelphia; was designed by the architectural firm Ueland Junker McCauley Nicholson, Philadelphia; and is being built by the construction management firm Skanska USA Building Inc., Parsippany, N.J. Civil engineer is Pennoni Associates, Haddon Heights and Philadelphia.

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).

For more information about the South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University, visit http://www.sjtechpark.com.

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