The Research Triangle Park

Park Center

Nearly 60 years ago, bold leaders conceived a plan for what has become the Research Triangle Park. That plan, once put into action, transformed North Carolina’s economy. Now it’s time for us to rethink our shared future and create a new path forward for the next 60 years.

When we purchased 100-acres of land in the heart of RTP in 2014, our goal was to create a place that would serve as the binding agent for all of North Carolina. The land was called Park Center, and we intend to make it a living example of the Research Triangle Park’s mission: to enrich education, create meaningful work, and to improve the quality of life for all North Carolinians.

To achieve this, Park Center must become more than a place with restaurants, apartments and shopping. It will need to be a dynamic, inspiring space that encourages constant learning in an active environment.  It must also remain authentic to RTP’s environmental roots. Signature parks and open space for all to enjoy will be key to the success of this new development endeavor.

We’ve been quiet about many of the specifics surrounding our plans since announcing the land purchase. Now, it’s time to share our vision with the world.

View the Park Center design principles

See the proposed Park Center retail plan


Recording from the historical announcement on October 1st, 2015

Bob Geolas, President and CEO of the Research Triangle Foundation of NC, leads the charge in re-imagining the future of The Research Triangle Park. On October 1, 2015, Geolas announced to a standing-room only crowd at RTP Headquarters, the $50 million in funds to begin construction had been secured. With the zoning and funds in place, development will officially kick off in January 2016. To find out more about the project, visit