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September 3, 2015—The Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County announced today that it has selected Perkins+Will (P+W) as the consulting firm that will lead the CRP Master Plan process.
“Perkins+Will really understood what we needed—they are a high quality team with very relevant and solid experience—and they are the right team at the right time for CRP,” said Erin Koshut, Director of Cummings Research Park. “They will spend the next 32 weeks immersing themselves in all things CRP to include data gathering, stakeholder interviews and focus groups, market research and positioning, master plan development and testing and ultimately will present us with a comprehensive master plan and guidelines for implementation.”
P+W is a global design firm who approaches the planning and design of places based on strategic thinking, local cultural intelligence, and tested project implementation capabilities. They will serve as the Project Manager throughout the process. The vast P+W client list includes the West Virginia Regional Technology Park, Innovation Square, Generation Park, Innovate ABQ, and USD Discovery District. P+W was named the 2015 Firm of the Year by the American Planning Association.
Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle also emphasized the importance of this community project.
“Cummings Research Park has been a leading research park for more than 50 years. It has helped deliver the programs that make our nation safe, discover new insights into our universe and are now making possible cures and treatments for diseases we thought incurable,” Mayor Tommy Battle said. “This project to update our master plan will enable the park to build upon this legacy of innovation while meeting the needs of the new workplace – a workplace the best and brightest have come to expect.”
Charlie Grainger, Chairman of the CRP Board of Directors said, “The Perkins+Will team brings outstanding credentials to the master planning process. We are looking forward to their recommendations to help make Cummings Research Park, which is widely recognized as the crown jewel of Alabama economic development, an even more attractive place for high-technology companies to expand and locate.”
CRP was zoned a research park in 1962. With more than 300 companies and 29,000 employees, CRP is one of the top economic engines for Huntsville/Madison County. As one of our most important assets, it will continue to drive our economic future.