Planned for Innovation
For many employees working inside Innovation@Prince William, the only question they're asked by their lunchtime server is, "Want fries with that?"
There aren't any restaurants inside the business park except for the food service offered at the Prince William campus of George Mason University. Most employees bring their lunch to work or drive to nearby fast-food restaurants. If they want something slower, they have to drive about two miles.
Now, county officials are redoing the business park's master plan to include more lunch options along with retail services, banks, dry cleaners and doctors, so that Innovation employees won't have to arrive at work late or leave early to squeeze in errands.
"It would be nice to have something that you could walk to or very easily get to in terms of the productivity issue," said Paul Maguire, vice president of business development and marketing for ProLogic Inc., which has an office in the park.
For more than a year, IDC Architects of Portland, Ore., has worked with Innovation's property owners and county and transportation officials to create a new master plan for the park. The plan includes a Virginia Railway Express station and housing in a town-center style. The Board of County Supervisors is scheduled to discuss the plan this week and then send it to the Prince William County Planning Commission for a public hearing, according to procedures.
Manassas-area defense contractors have honored some of their employees who toil on components of projects bound for outer space or the deep sea.
BAE Systems honored Dave Carlton, who works at its semiconductor foundry in Manassas as an electrical engineering assistant, for his analysis of components that will go into computer programs used in satellites and spacecraft. Engineering manager Steve Schnur received an award for his work on the Manassas foundry modernization project. The $125 million project for the Department of Defense was completed on schedule and under cost under Schnur's leadership, the company said.
Lockheed Martin Corp.'s Maritime Systems & Sensors recently honored 28 employees who work in the Bethesda-based company's Manassas facility. They were recognized for their leadership or work on specific projects.
On 3 Projects in County
R.W. Murray Co., a general contractor based in Prince William County, is providing design, building and construction management services for three facilities being built across the county.
The company will provide design services for a 56,000-square-foot building for Manassas-based Automotive Resources Inc., which manufactures heavy-duty transportation maintenance equipment. The warehouse, manufacturing and office space will be in Gainesville.
R.W. Murray is also working on the Dumfries Commerce Center, a $3.7 million, 41,400-square-foot office and warehouse condominium. Fairfax-based Bishopp Realty is providing the leasing services, and Reston-based Architecture Inc. is providing the architectural services. The single-story building is scheduled to open in October.
R.W. Murray also has a hand in the Signal Hill Professional Center, a 42,000-square-foot, four-story office condominium in Manassas. The M Group of Vienna is providing the architectural design of the project, which will be similar to Old Town Manassas.
-- JENALIA MORENO
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