Saturday, May 13, 2017
Congressman Frank LoBiondo, NJ District 2, and Congressman Rick Larsen, Washington District 2, will be among those offering remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony for the first building of the Stockton Aviation Research and Technology Park (SARTP) to be held on Monday, May 15 at 11 AM at 600 Aviation Research Boulevard in Egg Harbor Township.
LoBiondo is the chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee and Larsen is the committee’s ranking member. They will be joined by Shelley Yak, Director of the Federal Aviation Administration’s William J. Hughes Technical Center; Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson; Stockton University President Dr. Harvey Kesselman; Dr. Edward H. Salmon, President of the SARTP Board of Trustees; and John C. Lamey, Jr., Executive Director of the Atlantic County Improvement Authority (ACIA) which is constructing the first of seven buildings planned for the park.
The 58-acre park is located adjacent to the FAA Technical Center, the nation’s premier air transportation laboratory, and the Atlantic City International Airport. It is being developed in a campus-like setting to promote collaboration among business, academia and all major research arms of the federal government.
A $17.2 million contract was awarded on March 23, 2017 by the ACIA’s board of commissioners for construction of the first building, a three-story, 66,000 square foot space with high-speed connectivity to the Technical Center laboratories, state-of-the-art conference rooms, and a roof top lounge. An FAA laboratory will occupy 7,000 square feet with an additional 47,000 of rental space for laboratories and offices.
“This moves us closer to our goal of establishing an aviation industry in Atlantic County and a means of growing and diversifying our economy,” stated Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson. “The SARTP supplements our existing assets of the FAA and the airport, Stockton University and Atlantic Cape Community College, and being one of six national Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) test sites in the country.”
The park will provide more than 400,000 total square feet of research and development space. All buildings will include high-speed connectivity to FAA laboratories, data and systems.