News from Montgomery College

900 Hungerford Drive, Suite 200, Rockville, MD 20850 

Date: January 20, 2004 (04-08)
Contacts: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970; Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Montgomery College Seeking Proposals from Developers to Design, Build
35-Acre Life Sciences & Technology Business Park at Germantown Campus
County-supported Project Aimed at Providing Office, Wet Lab and Specialized Space for Bioscience and Technology Firms at all Stages of Development

Montgomery College, working in conjunction with Montgomery County’s Department of Economic Development, has launched a request for proposals from real estate developers interested in developing a planned 35-acre life sciences and technology business park at the College’s Germantown Campus, directly adjacent to I-270 at the MD Route 118 interchange.

As envisioned, the Germantown Life Sciences and Technology Park would be an integral part of Montgomery College’s establishment of a world-class bioscience and technology center at the campus that would combine opportunities for business development, education, training and research. The project is modeled, in part, on replicating the success of the County’s renowned Shady Grove Life Sciences Center. Its primary components would include:

  • The 35-acre technology park;

  • A technology business incubator on site that would be operated by Montgomery County; and

  • A new, state-of-the-art biosciences academic center that would dramatically expand the College’s offerings in biotechnology and related fields, as well as opportunities for expanding its educational partnerships with the University of Maryland, College Park, and other four-year colleges and universities, and research institutions.

One of the last undeveloped sites along Montgomery County’s “Technology Corridor,” the site features high visibility from I-270 and offers close proximity to a high concentration of bioscience and technology firms, education and U.S. government research facilities, including the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Standards and Testing, the Department of Energy, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Johns Hopkins and more.  Development of the area will provide nearly 850,000 square feet or more of high technology research and development space. 

With the co-location of the Technology Park and a County-operated business incubator at the Montgomery College Germantown Campus, businesses and students will be able to share resources and support each other with education, training, and entrepreneurial opportunities.

            Developers have an opportunity to review Request for Proposals (RFP) specifications provided by Montgomery College and send any questions or requests for clarification by fax or e-mail by Feb. 10, 2004, 3 p.m. to:  Robert Gill, Purchasing Agent, Office of Procurement, 900 Hungerford Drive, Room 110, Rockville, Maryland 20850; (Fax) 301-251-6397; or e-mail Robert.Gill@montgomerycollege.edu. The RFP can be accessed online via the Montgomery College Office of Procurement’s web site at www.montgomerycollege.edu/Departments/procure.

            For others seeking general information on Montgomery College-Germantown’s planned life sciences and technology park, please contact Steve Poteat of the Office of Vice President and Provost at 240-567-7718.

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