Two new tenants to join STAR Campus
MANAGING NEWS EDITOR
The Health Sciences Complex, the first building on the university’s STAR Campus, is a blend of old and new. The building houses high-tech labs and classrooms for the College of Health Sciences but is decorated with car hoods and murals from the Chrysler assembly plant that used to occupy the space. Several other tenants will move into the complex soon.
Delle Donne & Associates, Inc., developer of the project, signed two new tenants over winter break with the addition of IT provider SevOne and the Delaware Technology Park wet lab.
SevOne, based in Pike Creek, Del. announced its plans for a 50,000- square-foot headquarters on STAR Campus in mid-December. The network management company provides monitoring and performance reporting services. SevOne was founded by two alumni in 2005 and has grown substantially. When the time came to find a new office, proximity to the university was important, said Alexandra Conners, communications manager for SevOne.
“The combination of great talent we hire from UD and the energy and enthusiasm that comes with being close to campus drove the decision to move to STAR Campus,” Conners said.
Charles Riordan, vice provost for research and member of the STAR Campus Steering Committee, said SevOne has long had a relationship with the university.
“SevOne has really enjoyed a productive relationship with the university in the past, which we’d like to continue,” Riordan said. “SevOne employs interns, and those internships often evolve into long-term employment after graduation.”
Riordan said about two-thirds to three-quarters of SevOne’s current staff of 20 interns are students. The company is expected to hire an additional 100-200 employees once the move is complete, Conners said.
Also announced over winter break was the addition of a 10,000-square-foot wet lab by Delaware Technology Park. The labs will have ventilation systems and room to conduct various experiments. Riordan said these labs are desperately needed for companies doing work in chemistry and biology, particularly the startups life-sciences sector.
“This puts the startup culture in a much better position because companies have space to develop,” Riordan said. “When companies are in need of employees, they will certainly look to the University of Delaware to fill those needs.”
Both tenants will be located in Phase II of the project, which is on the southern end of the Health Sciences Complex, said Gary Ciaffi, senior vice president of Delle Donne & Associates, Inc. Other tenants in the space will include Glasgow Medical Center and Independent Prosthetics-Orthotics Inc., which both will be located on the first floor. SevOne will occupy the remaining majority of the space.
Once all of the tenants have moved in, the building will boast a 93 percent occupancy rate, Ciaffi said. The remaining vacant space will likely be a café or retail. Now that the leases are signed, Delle Donne will make some more modifications to the building to best fit its tenants.
“SevOne is cool—they will have an open free-spirited environment with young employees running around,” Ciaffi said. “They’re going to build a lot of neat things to entice the employees. They’re going to have a slide for employees to use between the first and second floor.”
Once Phase II is complete, Delle Donne will begin work on Phase III, a high-density tower behind the current complex, Ciaffi said.
At the end of the fall semester, the university released a revised master plan for STAR Campus. The new plan will use the Health Sciences Complex as the southern anchor of the next phase of development—which will be between the complex and the train station to the north, Riordan said. The mission for the campus remains the same—focusing on green energy, life sciences and defense.
Riordan said the new plan also proposes a high-density model, which will feature a walking and pedestrian mall atmosphere with shopping and offices for startups and growing companies. Riordan said the corporate future tenants on STAR campus will be doing high-tech work in energy, medicine, and national security.
“Anytime we engage with companies like SevOne—who works in the data management and technology phase—they fit in very well,” Riordan said.