KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA – Site work has begun on Exploration Park, the high-tech research and office park being developed by The Pizzuti Companies in partnership with Space Florida.
Tom Harmer, senior vice president for The Pizzuti Companies, said the initial work includes clearing the site, transporting fill dirt and initial site grading. Work on this phase of the project is expected to take approximately eight weeks to complete, Harmer said.
“We are thrilled to see the park making progress and look forward to showcasing this unique offering to customers,” noted Space Florida President Frank DiBello.
“We’re excited to begin this portion of the project and to take the next steps toward creating a world-class office and technology park,” Harmer said. “We are actively engaged in discussions with a number of potential tenants as we prepare the site for the start of vertical construction.”
Pizzuti is serving as Master Developer of Exploration Park in a public/private partnership with Space Florida, the State’s aerospace economic development organization. Civil engineering services are being provided by Jones Edmunds and Titusville-based RUSH Construction is the project’s general contractor.
The fill dirt being used to develop the first phase of the Park has been donated by Port Canaveral as part of a cooperative agreement between Space Florida and the Port.
Exploration Park’s initial 60-acre phase, located just outside the security gates at Kennedy Space Center, will accommodate approximately 350,000 square feet in up to nine separate LEED-certified buildings, expected to include educational, office, research/lab space and flexible high-bay facilities. A second 139-acre phase has also been identified.
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