Progress Update on The Refinery

The first new building, named “The Refinery” because of its proximity to the university where talent and bright minds can be mined by companies, is taking shape at the UA Tech Park at The Bridges. This four-story, 120,000 square-foot office building is being developed by the Boyer Company and constructed by Core Construction. The focus right now is on the continued erection of the steel and pouring of concrete on each floor. This will continue through the last week of January 2021 when the structure should be topped off. This is when you will see the last steel beam go into place. Following this, the construction team will then begin to enclose the building. Site work continues with the installation of the reclaimed water irrigation system. The main parking lot should be paved in the new year and the landscaping throughout the parking lot will also be installed. The University of Arizona groups who will call this home, are currently working with their architect on the design with construction slated to start in the spring. The new building is on track to open in the fall of 2021.


Tech Parks' Startup Incubator, UACI Opens its Doors in Oro Valley

The University of Arizona Center for Innovation has expanded with a new bioscience-focused startup incubator facility in Oro Valley. The new center is officially up and running and ready to support bioscience startups with the resources, programming, facilities and mentorship needed for startups to thrive. The incubator will offer companies access to shared laboratory equipment like an ultra-low freezer, biosafety cabinets and an inverted fluorescence microscope. Startups will also be guided through a 27-point roadmap for business enterprises designed to support bioscience discoveries and help translate them into marketable technologies.


Tech Park Tenant Celebrates 100 Years

Tech Park tenant Cleveland Electric Labs is celebrating its 100-year anniversary this year in 2020. While the year looks different than they originally imagined it back in January, they have taken this opportunity to double down on their continuous improvement plans to reduce lead times, refine the quality and reliability of products, cross-train employees and aid in cost reduction targets. 


Santa Visits Citi Employees in Tucson

The Citi Tucson holiday tradition carried on this year. Citi employees had the opportunity to visit Santa, drive-thru style, spreading joy to their families. The event which featured music, lights and laughs was hosted in the parking lot of Vail Academy and High School at the UA Tech Park off Rita Road.  


Working Virtually

Tech Parks Arizona's Associate Vice President Carol Stewart shared a look into the workspace of Peter Loya, Director of Community and Government Relations. "Do you remember life before lighting for Zoom calls?" asked Stewart. 


IBM Tech Developed in Tucson

IBM Tucson shared some of the new technology that has been developed in part, right here in Tucson. To get the most out of the hybrid cloud, organizations need cloud-native storage that is designed to match their mission-critical capabilities. IBM DS8900F combines unique enterprise advance functions that provide the fastest, most reliable and secure storage solution for high-speed transactional processes, business intelligence and container-based applications. 


The University of Arizona Continues to Pivot through Pandemic

Preventing a COVID-19 outbreak through wastewater-based epidemiology, tagging an asteroid and solving a longstanding Maya mystery was all in a year's work at the University of Arizona. With a fast response to the challenges at hand, UArizona continued to make way during an unprecedented time and accomplish remarkable feats during 2020. 


Tucson is a Great Place for Business

Another reason to move your business to Tucson: The size! More people and more space means more opportunity. Condé Nast Traveler named Tucson one the best big cities. We have ample room at Tech Parks Arizona to support companies that come our way.  


Season's Greetings

Tech Parks Arizona would like to wish you a very safe and healthy holiday season. In a year filled with challenges, we’d like to thank everyone that has helped us pivot and continue our success through the uncertainty. May 2021 bring endless opportunities.  


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