October 20, 2010

Joint School for Nanoscience and Nanoengineering Exceeds Local and Minority Participation Goals at Project Milestone

Greensboro, NC – October 20, 2010 — Gateway University Research Park’s Executive Director John Merrill set a goal of 25% minority participation for the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN). This exceeds the state’s standard minimum of 10%. So far, the joint venture of Barton Malow Company, Samet Corporation and SRS, Inc. (BMSS), the team providing construction services on the project, has surpassed that goal by achieving 27.58% minority participation.

The breakdown is as follows:

  • Women Owned Businesses: 12.39%
  • African-American Owned Businesses: 12.43%
  • Hispanic Owned Businesses: 2.76%

Local businesses have also benefitted. Approximately 45 firms (95.74%) providing services on this project are from the Triad region.

BMSS also commemorated the last piece of steel being placed on top of the building by hosting a Topping Out party. This traditional celebration honors the many hours of hard work put in by the construction team and ushers the project into its next phases.

Gateway University Research Park is a research campus developed in collaboration with North Carolina A&T State University and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. It consists of two 75-acre campuses developed to attract and retain educational, corporate and community service agencies for the purpose of economic development in the Triad region of North Carolina.

The JSNN will provide learning environments for three academic departments: nanoscience, nanoenvironmental science and nanoengineering. This includes a class 100 cleanroom for semiconductor fabrication processes. Additional features of the state-of-the-art facility include classrooms, laboratories, high purity water systems and complex energy, HVAC and support systems.

Barton Malow Company provides construction management, design-build, general contracting, technology and rigging services throughout North America. The ISO (quality) certified company has LEED Accredited Professionals on staff and is an industry Building Information Modeling (BIM) leader. Niche market specialties include health care, educational, federal, industrial, energy and special event facilities. Barton Malow has a staff of 1,500 in 13 offices and is headquartered in Southfield, Michigan. Annual firm revenues exceed $1 billion. For additional information, visit

Samet Corporation is a privately owned regional construction management; design-build and real estate services firm with offices in Greensboro and Charlotte, NC. Samet serves the southeast providing development, preconstruction and construction services to the education, medical, technology, housing, and commercial/industrial sectors. As one of North Carolina’s Top 100 Private Companies in 2008, Samet has received numerous honors, certifications and awards. Samet Corporation is dedicated to sustainability and has a LEED accredited staff involved with both LEED silver and LEED Platinum projects. Samet Corporation strives for customer excellence on every project. For more information, visit

SRS, Inc. is a multi-million dollar company delivering a variety of high quality projects and services to the federal and commercial marketplaces in multiple states. With core capabilities of construction management, general contracting and disaster recovery services, SRS was recognized as a 2008 Inc. 500 company, 2007 TDOT DBE of the Year, 2006 Top 100 Department of Homeland Security Contractors in the U.S. and 2005 SBA 8(a) District Company of the Year. For more information, visit