Latest buzz around the office is about one of our clients and the national recognition their getting in the world of business, technology, and economic development.
Ben Franklin TechVentures®, owned and operated by the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) and designed by SFA (yes indeed!) has been selected as one of "10 Startup Incubators You Need to Watch" by Inc.com (http://www.inc.com/ss/10-start-up-incubators-to-watch).
Among America's first business and technology incubators, BFTP/NEP opened their first facility in 1983 on Lehigh University’s Mountaintop Campus. In 2007, BFTP/NEP relocated the incubator across the street on Lehigh’s campus, transforming a former Bethlehem Steel laboratory into Ben Franklin TechVentures. Designed by SFA, this adaptive reuse project doubled wet lab space and tripled office and dry laboratory space.
Just 18 months later, TechVentures was nearly filled. A $6 million grant funded by the Recovery Act through the US Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration and other state and federal grants, BFTP/NEP funding, and private contributions, allowed Ben Franklin to support the necessary expansion to Ben Franklin TechVentures2. SFA is excited to be this architect of this 47,000 square foot addition to the original TechVentures building, which is Designed to Earn the Energy STAR and on track to achieve LEED certification.
Congratulations to our friends at Ben Franklin Technology Partners!