The Research Triangle Foundation is planning to unveil a project on Monday that it says will be “the centerpiece of RTP’s plans for an innovative future.”
The foundation, the entity that manages Research Triangle Park, has scheduled a press conference on Monday for the unveiling. Details are scarce but the foundation has spent the last two years working on plans to reinvent the research park, which is a base of operations for technology and life science companies such as IBM, GlaxoSmithKline, Cisco Systems, NetApp and EMC that employ some 40,000 workers across the park’s 7,000 acres.
Those companies have been the source of many drug discoveries and technology innovations. But the Park is more than 50 years old and is in line for some innovation of its own. Leading the charge for RTP’s transformation is Chief Executive Bob Geolas, who helped develop Centennial Campus at North Carolina State University and a research park in South Carolina. In late 2012, the foundation unveiled a new master plan that in part suggested that changing employee and company demands called for a more “urban design” incorporating amenities such as entertainment and restaurants.
The foundation’s invitation to Monday’s announcement says “Calling all doers, dreamers and never disbelievers.” The vague announcement the event says Geolas will be on hand to describe the forthcoming project and its place in the history and future of RTP and the state.