IIC Technologies is Inaugural Tenant at the Discovery District at UMD
IIC Technologies leases 5,000 square feet of space and will relocate from Columbia
BALTIMORE, MD (January 8, 2018) – IIC Technologies Inc. has signed a 5,000 square foot lease with St. John Properties, Inc. as the inaugural office tenant for 5600 Rivertech Court, a 52,680 square foot Flex/R&D building within The Discovery District at the University of Maryland. IIC Technologies, a multi-national company with offices in Canada, UK, Australia, India & UAE, expects to relocate to the Greater College Park area in spring 2018. Together with 5650 Rivertech Court, a 57,120 square foot Flex/R&D building, and 5751 Rivertech Court, a 50,170 square foot Flex/R&D building 100% leased to the College Park Academy, St. John Properties has developed nearly 160,000 square feet of space in the 150-acre business community located less than one mile south of the University of Maryland, College Park campus in Prince George’s County.
IIC Technologies provides a full range of consultation and services for the geospatial industry which includes terrestrial, aeronautical and marine surveying, charting & GIS, C4 mapping, airborne laser and satellite imagery, specialized software development, customized geospatial surveys and navigation information for defense contractors, government agencies and private companies, as well as assorted end-users. The company will employ specialized geospatial engineers and technicians and undertake research at the new location, according to Gerd Glang, Director for IIC Technologies.
“Moving to The Discovery District will bring us closer to key customers such as NOAA, NGA and the USACE,” Glang explained. “We anticipate this move helping us to establish and benefit from a relationship with the advanced technologies incubating from University of Maryland, as well as the other information technology, research companies and government agencies located within the Discovery District. A strong attraction is the coming Purple Line and the five stops that will be placed on the University of Maryland campus, which will facilitate the use of Maryland students as interns at our new location.”
Both 5600 and 5650 Rivertech Court feature 16-foot ceiling heights, dock and drive-in loading capabilities, free parking on adjacent surface parking lots and data connectivity to ISP providers via fiber backbone within the infrastructure of the business community. The buildings are in UMD’s Discovery District, less than one mile from the College Park Airport, four miles from MD Route 295 and seven miles from Interstate 95. Downtown Washington, D.C. is approximately ten miles from the site and the College Park Metro/MARC Station is within walking distance.
“Proximity to Metro, the development of the Purple Line, access to talented University of Maryland researchers and students, and new restaurant and retail options are important elements of our Greater College Park effort,” said Ken Ulman, Chief Strategy Officer for Economic Development for UMD. “We are thrilled that companies like IIC are choosing to plant the flag in Prince George’s County.”
“The Discovery District offers an unparalleled environment for companies closely connected to academia and research, and the business community’s presence immediately adjacent to the University of Maryland provides critical advantages to end-users,” explained Richard Williamson, Senior Vice President of Leasing and Marketing for St. John Properties. “The amenity package fulfills every business and employee need including The Hotel at the University of Maryland, featuring complete conference facilities, as well as walkable retail such as Whole Foods and restaurants at all price points. As build-out continues, the business community is quickly approaching a critical mass of companies and employees to create a one-of-a-kind, thriving mixed-use environment.”
In addition to NOAA, existing tenants at The Discovery District includes Earth Science Interdisciplinary Center; Food and Drug Administration Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition; The University of Maryland/Pacific Northwest National Lab Joint Global Change Research Institute; the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Inspection Service and the UMD/FDA Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
Also contained within the business community is the College Park Academy, a public charter school; and The Art Walk, an outdoor public gathering area offering food trucks, art and creative seating areas. Coming soon is the Food/Art/Innovation Hall which will combine dining options, arts, entertainment, and a teaching kitchen and performance space. In addition to retail offerings, the adjacent Riverdale Park Station will include nearly 1,000 residential units.
“The Town of Riverdale Park has been working hand-in-hand with the University of Maryland and St. John Properties to bring the new buildings to completion as quickly as possible so that innovative companies like IIC Technologies could locate here, with easy access to the University of Maryland, public transportation, affordable housing, and nearby retail and restaurants,” stated Alan K. Thompson, Mayor of The Town of Riverdale Park. “Attracting companies such as IIC Technologies adds energy and momentum to The Discovery District and their presence significantly improves the visibility of this campus.”
St. John Properties, Inc., founded in 1971, owns and has developed more than 18.5 million square feet of Flex/R&D, Office, Retail and Warehouse space in Maryland, Colorado, Louisiana, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Utah and Wisconsin. For more information about the company, visit www.sjpi.com