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GATE project expanding at Aberdeen Proving Ground

The 416-acre private business park at Aberdeen Proving Ground is growing.

A three-story, Class “A” office building has broken ground, and owner St. John Properties Inc. says it expects new tenants to move in this fall.

The 75,000-square foot building will be located at 6190 Guardian Gateway within the Government and Technology Enterprise, or GATE, project, a business community located inside the Harford County Army base.

This fall, when the building is completed, St. John will have built a total of 10 office and research and development buildings within three years at the site, totaling more than 625,000 square feet of space.

“We continue to see demand at the GATE as firms look to join or expand their presence inside the fence line of APG,” said Matt Holbrook, regional partner for St. John Properties.

“Through the recent Base Realignment and Closure Act process, APG has emerged as the nerve center for the Army’s technological development and procurement activities,” he said. “We also see strong interest from government contractors and other agencies that want to join the APG community and co-locate with their federal customers. Only the GATE location provides this connection to the APG community.”

The new building has been designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification for environmental sustainability. Features will include a high-efficiency HVAC  system, high-performance windows, sustainable lavatory fixtures, a white thermoplastic polyolefin roofing system, significant open space and wetland/forest preserves and drought-tolerant landscaping.

Overall, St. John has capacity to build up to two million square feet of Class “A” multistory and single-story office space at the GATE and has a 10-year build-out plan for the site.

Existing tenants there include the Boeing Co., CACI, General Dynamics, L-3 Communications, Raytheon, Science Applications International Corp. and Telford Aviation.