Reno Reasech Park Nears with Higher Ed Ties

When the Reno city staff questioned whether a proposed research park near Desert Research Institute would limit the mountain views of nearby residents, DRI officials had an answer.

They fired up a room-sized full-emersion virtual reality laboratory at DRI and shepherded city staffers inside. There, they were surrounded by simulations of the view from a balcony of a nearby apartment building after the research park is developed.

The virtual reality show convinced them.

That sort of high-powered research capability provides an important selling point for the long-awaited Dandini Research Park, a potentially important cog in strengthening the technology sector as a base of the region’s economy.

The 328-acre research park soon will be marketed to companies that want to tap the intellectual capital of DRI researchers and laboratories.

Potential tenants include companies in fields such as environmental science or renewable energy, says Jeff Pickett, managing director of DRI Research Parks Ltd.

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