Jordan Valley Innovation Center longtime tenant Brewer Science Inc. announced a naming-level donation toward an expansion project underway at the downtown facility.
The $14.4 million, 30,000-square-foot addition will be known as the Brewer Science Innovation Annex, according to a news release. The donation amount to the Missouri State University Foundation from the Rolla-based manufacturer was undisclosed.
“Our unique partnership with the Jordan Valley Innovation Center has been a tremendous benefit to Brewer Science and supported our ability to develop smart device technologies," said Terry Brewer, founder and CEO of Brewer Science, in the release. "We are excited to contribute to the building expansion and increase our commitment to the mission of JVIC."
The project is slated for completion in early 2022.
The MSU Board of Governors in May 2020 approved the expansion project in partnership with The Vecino Group LLC. The Vecino Group secured tax credits and financing from Central Bank of Kansas City, with MSU expected to contribute up to $4.6 million, according to past reporting. Additionally, Community Foundation of the Ozarks Inc. issued a $1.6 million loan for the project in August.
The JVIC project is part of the larger expansion of the university's IDEA Commons area downtown. Plans include a 100,000-square-foot office building and public improvements to sewer, stormwater infrastructure and roads.
Brewer Science and Mercy Research were the first tenants at the downtown innovation center after it was completed in 2007, according to past reporting.
The donation from Brewer Science, which produces materials for smartphones and tablet computers, goes toward MSU's $250 million Onward Upward capital campaign. Brent Dunn, executive director of the MSU Foundation, yesterday said the campaign has raised $219 million to date.
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