Derry Township Planning Commission Approves Land Development Plan for Building Two of the Hershey Center for Applied Research

HERSHEY, PA, November 8, 2007, – The Derry Township Planning Commission last night approved the land development plan for the second building of the Hershey Center for Applied Research, South Central Pennsylvania’s premier research center located adjacent to Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine. The Building Two land development plan application will next be considered by the Derry Township Board of Supervisors.

"Building One of the Hershey Center for Applied Research is successfully attracting innovation-based tenants so we must begin to poise the project future development in order to maintain the project’s momentum," said Laura J. Butcher, executive director of the research center. "The researchers and companies that are locating into the center are creating family-sustaining jobs and are contributing to research that will have positive impacts on human health."

The grand opening of Building One was celebrated on May 30, 2007. Currently the Penn State Department of Pharmacology and the Penn State Office of Technology Development are located in the 80,448 square foot building. The research park is developing a robust pipeline of companies that are expressing interest in leasing wet and dry lab facilities and office space.

Plans are currently underway for the construction of Building Two which will be slightly larger than the first, totaling approximately 100,000 square feet. The facility will mirror the design of Building One and will also house state-of-the-art wet and dry labs and office space for life science and high technology companies and researchers.

The design of Building One incorporates environmentally-friendly attributes such as regional recycled steel for the building structure, a highly efficient and reflective white top roof system, significant window glazing to provide occupants maximum daylight views, and a storm water management system that is made up of a series of rain gardens and the reuse of stone and other natural elements. The environmentally-friendly design attributes will be elevated for Building Two as plans are underway for the second building to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certified.

Plans are also underway to convert the Englewood farmhouse, located north of the research center, into a coffeehouse which will service the research center tenants. The house is owned by Hershey Trust Company and the coffeehouse will be managed by the Hershey Entertainment & Resort Company. The opening is planned for mid-2008.

The Research Center is a project of Maryland-based development firm, Wexford Science & Technology. Supporting organizations include the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC, Hershey Trust Company as Trustee for Milton Hershey School, and the Life Sciences Greenhouse of Central Pennsylvania, an organization that was formed to provide start-up money and business support services to early-stage life sciences companies. The land on which the Research Center will be built is designated as a Keystone Innovation Zone and is owned by Hershey Trust Company as Trustee for the Milton Hershey School.

 
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