Center At North Fork Research Park
27, 2000 -- The opening of Town Center One at the
University of Virginia Research Park at North Fork last week brings
the University of Virginia Foundation a step closer to fulfilling
its goal -- developing a sense of community in a town atmosphere.
Center One is the first building to be completed in the Town Center,
which is planned to be a pedestrian-friendly environment that promotes
collaboration with research endeavors at the University. The park
was designed with a center square and indigenous plants in the landscaping
to encourage a sense of place and community. The master plan for
the park, created by the Charlottesville-based firm Mitchell/Matthews
Architects and the Maryland firm Duany Plater Zyberk & Co.,
includes cafes, restaurants, banks, conference facilities and a
hotel in the town center.
U.Va. Foundation welcomed its first Town Center residents on Sept.
22, when QualChoice of Virginia began its move to the research park.
QualChoice will complete its move on Sept. 29. The research park
occupies 562 acres about eight miles north of the University near
the Charottesville-Albemarle Airport.
mission for the parks has been geared towards recruiting tenants
that have strong ties with U.Va.," Tim Rose, chief executive
officer of the U.Va. Foundation, said. "As a tenant in our first
Town Center building, QualChoice fits very well into this new vision
for development in Charlottesville."
move allows QualChoice to consolidate its operations, which are
currently housed at two separate locations and to allow for growth.
are excited about this wonderful opportunity," Marty D'Erasmo,
CEO of QualChoice, said. "The chance to streamline our operations
while enhancing our relationship with a major shareholder is perfect."
University of Virginia, 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.
will occupy more than 50,000 square feet on the first, second and
third floors of the 70,000-square-foot building. The building was
designed by the Northern Virginia architectural firm Davis, Carter,
will not be alone for long at Town Center One. Catapult InfoSolutions
LLC, a consulting company providing information software applications
and advice to colleges and universities, plans to occupy 1,000 square
feet. Catapult InfoSolutions counts the U.Va.s law schools
Law Review among its clients. The company is scheduled to move
to North Fork in October.
feel our proximity to established businesses, other entrepreneurs,
and the University creates a compelling environment where ideas
will be freely exchanged, lessons shared and opportunities created
that could not exist in other business settings," Christopher
Meade, a Catapult partner, said. "We see North Fork as both
a good location to meet our business objectives and a great work
environment nestled within the natural beauty of Virginia's foothills."
early 2001 the company expects to be joined by the nine-person Charlottesville
office of the not-for-profit Battelle Memorial Institute, based
in Columbus, Ohio. Battelle serves industry and government in developing
new technologies. Its Charlottesville office will focus on computer
modeling for scientific researchers, polymer prototyping, research
in biological issues and environmental monitoring. The office intends
to occupy approximately 6,000 square feet.
at Battelle anticipates that the U.Va. Research Park at North Fork
will provide a wonderful place for cultivating partnerships among
the businesses there and with the University," said Paul Moruza,
acting director of Battelles Charlottesville operations. "We
are very excited about working there and we have had very positive
reactions from our R&D clients when we tell them about the move."
a community is an important component of the Town Center,"
Bruce Stouffer, director of real estate development for the U.Va.
Foundation, said. "Not only are we interested in fostering
relations with U.Va., but also between the various companies and
the people who work there."
the spring of 1999, with the completion of a mile-long portion of
Lewis & Clark Drive, the main road into the park, the first
phase of infrastructure construction was completed. At that time
a major landscaping project was also completed, including plantings
and a finely crafted stone wall at the U.S. 29 entry, and the transplanting
of more than 3,000 trees from future 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, Rose said.
Catapult InfoSolutions LLC and Battelle join Motion Control Industries
Inc., MicroAire Surgical Instruments Co. Inc., and Pharmaceutical
Research Associates (PRA) as residents in park.
Jane Ford, (804) 924-4298