Gainesville, Florida (PRWEB) January 09, 2012
In order to transform discoveries from the University of Florida’s research community into commercially viable business enterprises, the Infusion Technology Center (ITC) at UF’s Innovation Hub will move innovation beyond the laboratory and into day-to-day life. To bridge the gap between discovery and commercial implementation, Trimark Properties has selected Flad Architects to design an eight-story facility that embodies the Innovation Hub’s mission.
This urban research park is designed as a community for creative collaboration, bringing together science and technology and business opportunities. The ITC will offer customized space for high-tech companies and entrepreneurial organizations, offering the ability to purchase or lease space and provide business support such as access to the university libraries, cross-functional business units, and services support.
Drawing on their expertise in functional and innovative science and technology facilities, Flad will design the research floors for maximum flexibility and adaptability to suit a variety of tenant types. Amenities will include fiber optic speed ethernet, shared conference space with video conference technology, and a rooftop garden with views of Innovation Square. “The facility’s architectural response will focus on being a catalyst for the new Innovation Square development,” commented Jeffrey Raasch, AIA, Flad’s design principal for the project. “It will establish the spatial character and physical qualities required for a truly integrated, knowledge-based research community.”
The facility will be designed to meet established sustainability goals and be environmentally viable throughout its lifetime.
The ITC will provide an important and essential space to support and empower business, helping high-tech companies grow in a collaborative working environment.
About the Florida Innovation Hub
The Florida Innovation Hub’s mission is to provide its resident companies with office space, laboratories, conference rooms, and other resources to improve their likelihood of success. The Innovation Hub enables its tenants to devote their limited initial resources to the advancement of their technology and market strategies rather than traditional business operations.
About Flad Architects
Flad Architects (http://www.flad.com) specializes in the planning and design of innovative facilities for healthcare, higher education, and science and technology clients. With offices across the United States, Flad is a nationally recognized leader in serving the complex needs of knowledge-based organizations.