ROSALIND FRANKLIN UNIVERSITY OF MEDICINE AND SCIENCE - RESEARCH AND INNOVATION PARK
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Research and Innovation Park is envisioned to be a true mixed-use development that creates a thriving and sustainable live/work/play ecosystem. This mix of research, learning, industry office, retail, meeting, and hotel space creates a rich environment where people near each other can share technologies and knowledge more easily to foster creative growth and innovation. The research park will be built on the University’s campus in Lake County, home to the largest concentration of bioscience companies in the Midwest. The phased expansion and transformation of the campus will provide active, vital streets and an activated ground plane. The main access street will be reconfigured to remove the large median, reducing the width of the street to create a more intimate boulevard. Bike lanes, on-street parking and generous landscape sidewalks encourage pedestrian connectivity throughout the district.
The research park will offer a collaborative environment for academic and industry scientists, innovators and entrepreneurs, with the goal of accelerating RFU’s nationally-recognized research into treatment and prevention of disease. It will provide state-of-the-art laboratories and spaces for faculty and commercial startups and small- to mid-size national and international biotech firms. Completion of the $50 million building is expected in summer 2019.