North Fork Research Park Welcomes QualChoice
Nov. 22, 1999 -- QualChoice of Virginia will
move its headquarters to the first building in the town center of
the University of Virginia Research Park at North Fork next fall,
officials have announced. The park was designed with a town square
and indigenous plants in the landscaping to promote a sense of place
have been looking to attract companies that have strong ties with
U.Va.," said Tim Rose, chief executive officer of the U.Va.
Foundation. "As the anchor tenant for our town center, we are
off to a strong start in creating this new vision for development
view this as a wonderful opportunity to enhance our relationship
with the University," Marty D'Erasmo, CEO of QualChoice, said. "Also,
we were very pleased by the plans for the research park. In particular
we felt the town center concept supported our vision of the work
place as a setting fostering collaboration and a team approach to
addressing work issues."
U.Va.s Health Services Foundation, and Martha Jefferson Hospital
jointly own Blue Ridge Health Alliance Inc., the parent company
of QualChoice, a health maintenance organization with more than
114,000 subscribers in Central Virginia.
move will allow QualChoice to consolidate its operations, which
are currently housed at two separate office locations, and to facilitate
the daily workings of the organization and to allow for growth.
will occupy 53,000 square feet of the 70,000 square-foot building,
which is expected to be completed in fall 2000. The building was
designed by the Northern Virginia architectural firm, Davis, Carter,
research park occupies 562 acres eight miles north of the University
near the Charottesville-Albemarle Airport. The master plan for the
park, designed by the Virginia-based Mitchell/Matthews Architects
and the Maryland firm of Duany Plater Zyberk & Co., includes
a design that allows for cafes, restaurants, banks, conference facilities,
and a hotel.
really kicks off the town center where the support and commercial
amenities of the park will be housed," said Bruce Stouffer,
director of research park development at the U.Va. Foundation. "We
are working hard to develop a sense of community at the park,"
first phase of infrastructure construction was completed at the
park in the summer of 1999 with the completion of a mile-long portion
of Lewis & Clark Drive, the major road into the park. At that
time a major landscaping project was also completed, including plantings
and a 300-foot long stone wall at the U.S. 29 entry and the transplanting
of over 3,000 trees from building sites within the park to areas
along Lewis & Clark Drive. In developing the park, the U.Va.
Foundation has been sensitive to environmental issues of the site,
joins Motion Control Industries Inc., MicroAire Surgical Instruments
Co. Inc., and Pharmaceutical Research Associates (PRA) as residents
in the park.
more information contact Bruce Stouffer at (804) 982-4844 or Marty
DErasmo at (804) 975-8411.
Jane Ford, (804) 924-4298