Venture south to the third roundabout installed on University Boulevard since last summer and you'll see it. Iowa State's economic development core facility, anchoring a new third phase of the ISU Research Park, is enclosed and moving toward an anticipated completion date in June.
The front (pictured above) of the two-story, 42,000-square-foot building faces north, toward the first two phases of the research park about one-quarter mile away.
The building will provide a one-stop shop for industries and businesses seeking Iowa State assistance and expertise. University offices scheduled to relocate to the hub facility this summer include economic development and industry relations, intellectual property and technology transfer, research foundation, Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship (including the CyBIZ Lab), Center for Industrial Research and Service, and the ISU Small Business Development Center. Administrative staffs for the research park and Central Iowa Cultivation Corridor also will move to the building.
The 2013 Legislature appropriated $12 million to cover construction costs.
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