2010-2011

Groundbreaking for Next Building at Gateway Park

What
Massachusetts Lt. Governor Tim Murray, Congressman Jim McGovern, and Worcester Mayor Joseph O’Brien will join community leaders including Worcester Polytechnic Institute President Dennis Berkey and O’Connell Development Group President Dennis Fitzpatrick to break ground on a $32 million, 92,000-square-foot facility at Gateway Park in Worcester, Massachusetts.

When
April 21, 2011, at 2:30 p.m.

Where
50 Prescott St. Worcester, Mass.

About O’Connell Development Group

The O’Connell Development Group (ODG) is the entrepreneurial arm of The O’Connell Companies, Inc., a 130 year old construction and development company headquartered in Holyoke, Massachusetts. ODG has developed, financed, and managed a variety of challenging development projects including industrial, retail, office, housing, and hydroelectric projects throughout New England.  In addition, ODG develops and operates biosolid treatment facilities throughout the United States through its subsidiary, New England Fertilizer Company.

The construction arm of the O’Connell Companies, Inc., Daniel O’Connell’s Sons, Inc., will be the construction manager of the Gateway II project.

About Gateway Park

Gateway Park was developed as a joint venture of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and the Worcester Business Development Corporation (WBDC). WPI became the sole owner of the park in 2010. Located in Worcester, near the intersection of I-190 and I-290, Gateway Park is designed as a 12-acre, mixed-use destination for life sciences companies and the people who work for them. The master-planned project envisions five buildings totaling 500,000 square feet of flexible, adaptable lab and office space designed to meet the needs of research organizations and growing companies. Gateway Park is part of the larger 55-acre Gateway Redevelopment District, and it is the anchor of the first Growth District designated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for life sciences and related economic development.

April 19, 2011

Contact: Michael Cohen, Public Relations Associate, +1-508-868-4778, mcohen@wpi.edu