Jefferson Lab, a world-class national laboratory specializing in particle physics, has called Newport News home for over 30 years. To help increase visibility and engagement, the Department of Energy is considering the Applied Research Center (ARC) as a new extension for Jefferson Lab, offering more space for employees, a visitor center, and a STEM education programming center for local schools and colleges.
The Commonwealth owns the 9-acre property, and the Economic Development Authority (EDA) owns, manages and leases the building. In March 2019, the Department of Energy informed the City it was interested in acquiring the building and property, and the EDA approved the sale in October.
Adjacent to Jefferson Lab is the Tech Center Research Park, which will ultimately contain approximately 850,000 square feet of office
and lab space, spread across 10 buildings, with an estimated 5,500 employees. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in August 2019 for Building One @ Tech Center, and a groundbreaking on the second research facility, Building Two, is anticipated by summer 2021.