Green Technology Park at Woodbridge

Client: Township of Woodbridge, New Jersey
Faculty: Kei Hayashi, Steven Jacobs
Team: Trish Bertuccio, Jeff Ribeiro, Nell Selander, Peiyi Xu
Year: 2012
After taking office in 2006, Township of Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac identified the Pennval Road Redevelopment District as one of four priority project areas. The Township has since proposed that the 104-acre site be transformed from its current industrial, transportation, and waste management uses into a green technology park. The site has great potential, as it is conveniently located near a proposed transit village, not far from Woodbridge Center (a large area mall), and a New Jersey Transit railroad line that provides quick and easy access to Manhattan. A concept plan and implementation strategy was completed by consultants; it explored the possibility of establishing a green technology incubator, which would then be incorporated into the park upon its development, and it analyzed the potential costs associated with site remediation. Building on the concept plan and implementation strategy, the Capstone team conducted extensive benchmarking and research into demographic and economic conditions, in addition to creating a plan to guide the Township’s next steps. The plan included: land assemblage options, an assessment of the local development climate, potential financing resources, necessary public improvements and infrastructure requirements, suggested building typologies, recommendations for partner corporations and educational institutions, and steps to take toward environmental remediation. This plan also serves as a marketing package to attract potential developers to transform this site into a sustainable technology hub in Woodbridge.