The nonprofit, Houston Advanced Research Center, will break ground on its $7 million, 20,000 square foot headquarters in March of 2016.
The new location rests on 3.5 acres, directly behind the existing location at 4800 Research Forest Drive. HARC aims to design the building to better represent their focus on the environment and sustainability.
HARC is, “a research hub providing independent analysis on energy, air, and water issues to people seeking scientific answers. We are focused on building a sustainable future that helps people thrive and nature flourish,” according to their website.
The research center, which was originally founded by the late George P. Mitchell in 1982, is expecting to move into the new facility by 2017.
HARC will be sharing part of the building with the Houston Technology Center, a technology-based business incubator and accelerator. HTC was named by Forbes as one of “Ten Technology Incubators Changing the World,” the Houston Technology Center provides education, insight, and access to capital that entrepreneurs need to move towards the path to commercialization,” according to their website.
“We are very happy to have them here. It’s providing a very nice connection to a community that we hadn’t really been connected to, all those bright entrepreneurs that are thinking up new clean energy and water ideas,” said Jim Lester, president and CEO of HARC to Nora Olabi of the Houston Chronicle. “There are a variety of ways you can advance sustainability. You can try and change human behavior, you can try and change government and corporate policy, or you can try and come up with new, cleaner technologies that can be adopted commercially. Guess which one is simpler?”
Charles Wohl, the managing director of HTC North, said there is significant growth in The Woodlands community and many small businesses are advancing and moving here and with that brings challenges with the demand of water and now is the time to promote being better representatives of sustainability.
Lester said the HARC share Mitchell’s vision of committing to sustainability and hope to keep that dream alive.