The Gregory Barnes Center for Biotechnology Business Development, located at Trinity Point, Exit 62, I-80 in Monroe Township, represents Clarion University's vision for economic development in the region.
The upper floors contain incubator space for newly formed biotechnology and nanotechnology companies, including NanoBlox.
The offices of Clarion University's new Center for Applied Research and Intellectual Property Development, part of the Office of the Provost, are also located in the Barnes Center.
These tenants are committed to Pennsylvania and its northwest region.
The $5.6 million three-story, brick-veneer, steel-frame building was designed to meet the Gold certification level of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. The current 23,000 square-foot building offers only one-quarter of the potential space available. Three more pod areas are ready for development that could expand the Barnes Center to 80,000 square feet. Situated on 3.4 acres of land will allow for additional expansion in the future. These "green" buildings will teach young people and the entire community the value of sustainable energy and conservation.