WMU News

Richard-Allan granted building permit

March 26, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- Construction on a facility to house Richard-Allan Scientific Inc., the first tenant in Western Michigan University's Business Technology and Research Park, has been given the green light by Kalamazoo city building officials, and work at the site will begin immediately.

A permit was approved today, and the developer, Ridgewood Partners, has indicated that in order to get on track to meet timetables originally planned for the project, site work will begin as early as this afternoon.

"We are eager to get this building project under way and excited about being the first business partner in this wonderful development," says Peter Scheu, president of Richard-Allan Scientific. "It is great to have the opportunity to construct such a nice facility so close to our current location and to expand our business within the city of Kalamazoo."

The WMU Business Technology and Research Park is part of a 265-acre development located near the intersection of Parkview Avenue and Drake Road just three miles south of WMU's central campus. The complex will be home to WMU's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Infrastructure development has been under way for several months and construction on the college's paper and printing science teaching and research facility has begun. University officials expect to announce additional tenants in the coming weeks.

"We're rapidly moving into peak construction season and the site is ready for major projects to begin," says Bob Miller, WMU associate vice president for community outreach. "We're happy to see the Richard-Allan project launched and excited about the kinds of things that will develop over the next several months."

For additional information, contact Peter Scheu at (616) 344-2400 or Bob Miller at (616) 387-2073.

Media contact: Matt Kurz, 616 387-8400, matt.kurz@wmich.edu

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