Prince William County Commences Construction on New Science Accelerator Wet Lab Facility

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Courtesy of PWC Economic Development

Courtesy of PWC Economic Development

January 13, 2014 – Prince William County, Va. – Prince William County marked the beginning of construction of its new Science Accelerator Wet Lab facility located in Innovation Park, adjacent to George Mason University’s Prince William Campus. This new facility is the only public-private commercially available property featuring wet laboratory spaces in the Northern Virginia region for the Life Sciences Industry.

The Prince William Science Accelerator offers up to nine modern wet labs, with shared conference rooms, new equipment and a secure entry lobby.  The facility is scheduled to open in Spring 2014.  Life sciences companies are now able to enter into flexible licensing agreements with Prince William County, which holds a ten year master lease for the space, through its partnership with Randal LLC, a joint venture between Rinker Design Associates, P.C. (RDA) and NAL Research.  Approved by the Board of County Supervisors last year, the Prince William Science Accelerator was established to bring new wet lab space to market to attract growing companies.

“The Life Sciences industry continues to be a key part of our County’s economic development strategy,” said Corey A. Stewart, Chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors.  “At the Board level, we recognized the value in our County’s ability to offer much needed wet lab space to support growing businesses and propel the industry forward.”

“The Prince William Science Accelerator also symbolizes the dynamic public-private partnerships that are already well-established in Innovation Park,” added Stewart.

“We are pleased to begin the build-out of the Prince William Science Accelerator,” said Jeff Kaczmarek, Executive Director, Department of Economic Development, Prince William County.  “This initiative underscores our commitment to the Life Sciences industry as well as our goal to create innovative solutions that provide affordable opportunities for new enterprises to flourish.”

“The Science Accelerator is a testament to doing business in Prince William County,” said Edward “Jeb” Snider, Jr., President of Rinker Design Associates, P.C.  “Situated in a prime location within Innovation Park, this facility is in an epicenter of corporate and university-anchored research and technology, within close proximity to key federal institutions.”

Nestled in Innovation Park at 9385 Discovery Boulevard, Manassas, Va., the Prince William Science Accelerator will give rise to the growing life sciences cluster that, in addition to George Mason University, includes American Type Culture Collection (ATCC), Corning, Inc., and the NIH Biomedical Research Laboratory.  Also present in the emerging forensic/criminal justice cluster is the FBI Northern Virginia Resident Agency, the Virginia Department of Forensic Sciences Northern Laboratory, and the Prince William County Police Western District Station.

About Prince William County, Virginia

Located less than 30 minutes from the heart of the Nation’s Capital, Prince William County is strategically situated, offering easy access to international; national; and regional markets.  By air, the County is primarily serviced by two major international airports and one regional airport: Dulles International Airport, the third largest trans-Atlantic hub along the east coast; Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, the 25th busiest airport by passenger volume; and Manassas Regional Airport, the largest executive regional airport in Virginia, located 3 miles from Innovation Park.  Prince William County is also aptly served by a network of freight and passenger rail services; and offers the advantage of a reverse commute route along the I-95 and I-66 corridors.

As the 2nd most populated County in Virginia, some 41% of its workforce hold college degrees or higher.  The County has quickly become one of the Top 20 Counties to work in and live, being home to some of Northern Virginia’s finest prized assets: George Mason University; Innovation Park; Jiffy Lube Live; Marine Corps Base Quantico; Manassas National Battlefield Park; Northern Virginia Community College; Potomac Mills; Potomac Shores; the Prince William Science Accelerator; Simulation and Game Institute; and a world-class health care system.

For information about the advantages of locating or expanding a business in Prince William County, please contact the Prince William County Department of Economic Development at (703) 792-5500 or visit our website.

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