Gainesville-based Trimark Properties announced it has selected Charles Perry Partners, Inc. (CPPI) as Construction Manager for its newest portfolio addition — its state-of-the-art, $30 million, eight-story Infusion Technology Center at UF Innovation Square, the first new privately-owned commercial building within the core of Innovation Square. Sustainably designed by Jeffrey Raasch with FLAD Architects to achieve Green Globes certification from the Green Building Initiative (GBI), with civil engineering by Causseaux, Hewitt & Walpole, Inc., the Infusion Technology Center will feature over 150,000 square feet of fully customizable Class A space including lab, research, retail and office. When completed in 2014, it will offer retail and restaurant space at street level, plus high-tech wet/dry lab space, office space, and a rooftop terrace. Complementing the adjacent Florida Innovation Hub, the Infusion Technology Center will feature cast-in-place concrete with precast curtain wall, metal wall panels, and terra cotta exterior skin elements.
In making the announcement, Trimark Properties’ Managing Partner John Fleming stated, “Trimark Properties is extremely excited to be working with Charles Perry Partners, Inc. (CPPI) on this premier project. We were pleased with the overall quality and professionalism of each general construction firm that submitted proposals, and wish to thank all involved for their time and effort. However, CPPI’s level of professionalism, expertise, pre-construction knowledge, local experience, and quality of previous work completed for Trimark Properties were invaluable in helping to make our decision to partner once again with CPPI.” He added that Trimark is currently in lease negotiations with several tenants and that CPPI is set to break ground in the third quarter of this year.
Having constructed a number of award-winning projects for Trimark, CPPI also notably constructed the Florida Innovation Hub, the innovative LEED Gold Certified business incubator, under an $11 million design-build contract with the University of Florida. At completion, the Innovation Square live/work/play environment will be a world-class 40-acre research community with nearly five million square feet of research/office space, labs, housing, retail and restaurants. Mobiquity, a large international mobile app firm, and CurtCo, an international media firm, are located in Trimark’s recently renovated Building 237 at Innovation Square which offers high-tech office space. In addition, MindTree Limited, a global IT and product engineering company, has selected UF Innovation Square as the site of its U.S. expansion.
Gainesville Mayor Ed Braddy stated, “Infusion Technology Center represents another step forward for the local economy here in Gainesville. Two local companies — CPPI and Trimark Properties — are teaming up to build a pivotal project that will provide many jobs, create new opportunities, and meet the long-term needs of Gainesville. We’re grateful to have the people behind this project working so hard to make Gainesville a better place to work and live.”
Gainesville City Commissioner Thomas Hawkins added, “Infusion is the next big evolutionary leap for Gainesville. In this landmark, the community will see the pioneering, collaborative spirit of Innovation Square. And it looks great.”
CPPI’s Chairman/President Breck Weingart stated, “Charles Perry Partners, Inc. is pleased and excited to continue our working relationship with Trimark Properties as we prepare to begin construction on their new Infusion Technology Center. The Infusion Technology Center, the second new building in Innovation Square, is a 150,000 square foot science and technology center adjacent to the Florida Innovation Hub that CPPI constructed in 2011. By selecting CPPI, Trimark has committed to keeping the majority of the construction dollars within the local economy. We certainly appreciate their confidence and look forward to providing Trimark and the Gainesville community with another quality project.”
Trimark focuses on highly specialized, niche developments immediately adjacent to the University of Florida, including high-tech research space, Class A office, ultra-luxury boutique apartments, fully-restored historic homes, private residence halls and more. Since its founding in 1992, Trimark Properties remains committed to responsible growth through integrity and teamwork. Trimark is also slated to develop INSPIREation Hall at Innovation Square, the first housing development in the U.S. to be designed from the ground up as an entrepreneurial live-learn residence hall. It is projected to open in 2015. Trimark is also the developer for Savion Park, the first housing component at Innovation Square which will be a modern, luxury boutique apartment community. Trimark is also in the process of designing Nimbus, a co-work development which will be located at Innovation Square.