With a highly skilled workforce and a comparitively lower cost of doing business, technology is one of the fastest growing sectors of the Newport News economy. Building One is the first office building in a new 50-acre research park being developed to foster and fuel that growth.
Creating a smart, connected environment with many networking opportunities was a central goal for the design team. Building One has an appealing modern vibe designed to attract enterpreneurs, startups, and second stage tenants who are focused on high growth. The first floor provides coworking office space with open desks and a modular layout suited for informal collaboration, competitions, or investor meetups. The design of the second and third floors offers the flexibility to lease private office space or an entire floor for larger teams.
Located in the city’s only area zoned for research, Building One will serve as a catalyst to strengthen the connection between the academic community and private industry. Close proximity to Jefferson Lab and NASA Langley will provide opportunities for private firms to turn research into practical applications and commercial ventures.
The facility is the first of 11 buildings and nearly one million square feet of office and laboratory space planned for Tech Center. Modeled after the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, VA, the new research park is being developed by WM Jordan Development Company, the Virginia Tech Foundation, and the City of Newport News. When complete, the park will be spread over 100 acres, creating an innovation district that also includes residential units, retail, and restaurants.