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Innovista Master Plan receives recognition

Staff Report
Published Nov. 16, 2010

Innovista’s Master Plan for downtown Columbia and the Congaree River waterfront was awarded the S.C. Chapter of the American Planning Association’s Outstanding Planning Project in a multi-jurisdictional area.

Recognized with the award are the University of South Carolina, city of Columbia, Guignard Associates and Sasaki Associates Inc.

“The Innovista Master Plan is a visionary blueprint to transform 500 acres in the heart of our capital city from the remnants of an industrial past into a vibrant mixed-use community,” said Don Herriott, director of Innovista Partnerships. “The live, learn, earn and play urban environment has been creatively designed and planned to give life to an urban core which includes a top-tier research university whose work spawns high-impact, high-tech companies. This planned approach will take many years to come to full fruition, but when it does, Columbia will be a nationally known place for its creative-class, high-tech environment.”

The Innovista research district is designed to help South Carolina companies grow, attract new business and build a high-tech knowledge economy.

It is home to cutting-edge research facilities, including the Horizon I research building, which houses Centers of Economic Excellence chairs in future fuels research; the Discovery I building, home to the Center for Colon Cancer Research and the department of communication sciences and disorders; the Public Health Research Center, home of EnGenCore, a public-private partnership providing DNA sequencing for academic and commercial research; and the SCRA USC Innovation Center, which features 70,000 square feet and the capacity for 10 to 15 high-tech companies.

Plans call for the Darla Moore School of Business to be located in Innovista. The district is home to 12 endowed chairs.

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