May 8, 2020 5 min read

Prince William County Board Continues Support of Life Science Community

In these days of COVID-19, the importance of life science companies has never been more apparent. These companies research, test, invent, manufacture and distribute the diagnostic tests, treatments, and vaccines that will get the world safely past COVID-19.

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors is continuing its support of this critical and growing business cluster. The Board has approved the use of the County’s Economic Development Opportunity Funds to support Holladay Properties’ proposal to build and maintain a new 30,000 sq./ft. wet lab space facility. It would be the first of its kind in Northern Virginia.

Northern Virginia Science Center

Ann Wheeler is the Chair At-Large, Prince William Board of County Supervisor’s Chair At-Large. She said, “As the epicenter for innovation and cutting-edge life science research, it is my distinct pleasure to welcome the Northern Virginia Science Center to Innovation Park. This facility will provide much-needed space to conduct groundbreaking research to address society’s greatest challenges.”

The “Northern Virginia Science Center” will provide companies with Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) standard laboratories. These laboratories are generally too expensive for small and mid-size companies to build and maintain for themselves. This critical infrastructure investment will provide a home for graduating Science Accelerator companies and small to mid-sized Life Science companies looking to enter the vibrant Northern Virginia economy.

Jeanine Lawson is the Brentsville Distr

ict Supervisor. She said, “As Innovation Park grows and becomes a research hub in the bio-medical field, providing adequate wet lab space has become a challenge. We look forward to Holladay Property Service helping us meet that growing demand.”

Infrastructure

Prince William County support of necessary infrastructure is what makes it so uniquely well-positioned to attract and retain life science companies. It is now the hub for life science companies for all of Northern Virginia. Christina Winn, the Executive Director of Prince William County’s Department of Economic Development, said, “We are thrilled the Board is continuing its investment in critical infrastructure to scale our life science industry cluster. The growing life sciences business community requires a highly educated and innovative workforce, making them a great fit for Prince William County.”

Austin Haynes, Senior Vice President-Development for Holladay Properties, has been leading this project for over two years. “This really is a project from the heart. We have been talking about and working towards this goal for years. We hope this is the first of many such buildings in our long-term partnership with Prince William County to grow and support the life science community,” said Haynes.

The Board has already approved the sale of 4.2 acres of land at 9307 Discovery Boulevard in Innovation Park; construction will start soon. South Bend, Ind.-based Holladay Properties will serve as the developer as well as the property manager when the building is complete in November 2021. The County is investing $350,000 from its Economic Development Opportunity Fund and $250,000 in water and sewer credits to support this effort.

Prince William County is home to Northern Virginia’s Life Science ecosystem with George Mason’s Science and Technology Campus, ATCC, Corning, CeresNano, and others all located at Innovation Park. Innovation Park is home to the County’s Life Science Accelerator and eight startup life sciences companies. Many of those companies are also working on COVID-19.

Interested in leasing a space? Email droder@pwcgov.org.

The Prince William County Department of Economic Development offers services to support and promote existing business expansion and attract new businesses to PWC. For more information, the Department of Economic Development can be reached via email at econdev@pwcgov.org, via phone at (703) 792-5500, or via fax at (703) 792-5502.