The Refinery at The UA Tech Park

The long-anticipated University of Arizona Tech Park at The Bridges, located on South Kino Parkway and 36th Street, will soon open its first building. The Refinery’s 120,000 square feet of office space will be shared equally by University of Arizona departments and outside businesses wanting to work closely with the university. The first tenant to move in will be UArizona Applied Research Corporation (UA ARC). It is a separate 501(c)(3) organization that provides products, services, and solutions to national security challenges in the U.S. government and industry. Tech Launch Arizona (TLA), which helps commercialize university technology and inventions, will move into its new spaces next, followed by UArizona and Research, Innovation and Impact (RII), the office responsible for supporting more than $761 million in research activity at UArizona. The Refinery will also house UA Online, the university’s online educational program so that all of its staff and professors are headquartered in one location with a focus on growth. A regional outpost for the UA Center for Innovation (UACI) will open at The Refinery too.


Applied Energetics Thrives at The Park

Applied Energetics has made itself at home with UA Tech Park's collaborative tech community. Applied Energetics's CEO, Greg Quarles remarked that the Park, "fit every need that we had," including a 4,800 sq ft clean room, 13,000 sq ft of office space, and an unmatched location with amenities. The company is benefiting from millions of dollars of capital investment made by the previous occupant, a global provider of lasers and laser-based technology. Quarles said the new headquarters will allow the company to reach new heights in the field of Ultra-Short Pulse lasers. 


Arizona Tech Council at UA The Park

It was an honor to host the Arizona Tech Council’s Board of Directors meeting along with their Southern Arizona First Quarter VIP Mixer here at The UA Tech Park. The Event Center was filled with business leaders and innovators from across the region networking and talking about all things tech. It was a great opportunity for board members to connect with the tech community and learn about Arizona's tech initiatives in 2022.


Communications Director Appointed President of Local PR Group

Jessa Turner, director of communications for Tech Parks Arizona, has been appointed 2022 president of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Southern Arizona Chapter. PRSA is the country’s leading professional organization serving communications professionals. Turner will lead 12 experienced public relations professionals for a one-year term to provide members with learning opportunities, resources, and enhanced professional connections. The Southern Arizona Chapter leadership board will also prepare to host the 2023 PRSA Western District Conference in Tucson, Arizona.


Photonics West in San Fransisco

Optics Valley shined during the SPIE Photonics West conference in San Francisco. There were 25 leading-edge technology optics companies from Arizona represented. Including NP Photonics, which was the first University of Arizona technology spinoff businesses to locate at the UA Tech Park back in 1998.


Arizona Photonics Days at The UA Tech Park

The Arizona Technology Council’s Optics Valley Committee put on the fifth annual Arizona Photonics Days at The UA Tech Park. This event brought together Arizona optics and photonics companies, University of Arizona research leaders and partners from the Global Photonics Alliance to learn about innovations in optics, photonics and applications with 20 keynotes and technical presentations in 5 sessions: quantum information science, biomedical technology, laser technology, sensing and metrology, and astronomy.


Tenant Spotlight: Pacific Trellis

Welcome one of the newest members of the UA Tech Park family, Pacific Trellis. Pacific Trellis is one of North America’s top year-round importers and growers of premium fresh fruit, including melons, grapes, peaches, plums, nectarines, and cherries. We partner with growers in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Spain, and Uruguay, as well as domestic farmers across the nation. We have been proud to Pacific Trellis expand its footprint and connect with the University of Arizona.  


People of the Park: Beth Megerle

Beth Megerle is the ultimate Wildcat. Not only is she key to supporting the IT and finance department at Tech Parks Arizona, she recently retired from the University of Arizona Athletics Department. She worked there over 30 years and in that time supported several areas including IT, the Business Office, the Development Office, Marketing, Community Services, Communication Services, Ticket Sales and the Ticket Office. Beth is a graduate of the University of Arizona and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences. 


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day

This month we celebrate and remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the strides he made for the civil rights movements in our country. Martin Luther King Jr. had a very important dream - and his dream changed the world. Dr. King's dream is one we continue to keep alive as we celebrate the life and legacy of the civil rights leader, each and every single year. We are honored to have The Refinery located on M L King Jr. Way. 



Building 9070

Interested in growing your business? Be part of an environment built with your purpose in mind. Building 9070 provides the perfect platform for your business to scale rapidly based on business demands. This turn-key space provides an open floor plan with office and meeting spaces around the perimeter fully built out. Companies have the versatility to customize their own space to suit their needs, all while benefiting from the well-established university research park. 

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